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Date: November 03, 2003

UVic's Fall Convocation Honours Graduating Students

The University of Victoria will present degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,250 students at fall convocation ceremonies Nov. 10 and 12.

A highlight will be the presentation of an honorary degree to international jazz artist Diana Krall. In place of the traditional speech to graduates, the Nanaimo-born pianist and vocalist will perform.

Chancellor Ron Lou-Poy will confer degrees during four separate ceremonies over the course of two days to students in the following faculties:

  • Nov. 10, 10 a.m.—Education, Social Sciences and Graduate Studies
  • Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m.—Human and Social Development, Law, Graduate Studies, Diplomas and Certificates
  • Nov. 12, 10 a.m.—Engineering, Science, Graduate Studies
  • Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m.—Business, Fine Arts, Humanities, Graduate Studies

Honorary degrees will also be presented at each of the ceremonies. The recipients are:

  • Dr. Alan Astbury: UVic physicist and member of an international particle physics experiment awarded the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics. (10 a.m., Nov. 12)
  • Robert Bateman: renowned wildlife artist and conservationist (10 a.m., Nov. 10)
  • Frank Calder: founding member of the Nisga’a Tribal Council and first Aboriginal cabinet minister in Canada (2:30 p.m., Nov. 10)
  • Diana Krall: Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and pianist (2:30 p.m., Nov. 12)

Next week’s convocation will be the first since 1968 without chief marshal Nels Granewall, who is recovering from cancer surgery. Granewall had led the procession of new graduates in more than 200 consecutive UVic convocation ceremonies.

In 2003, the university is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of its predecessor, Victoria College, and the 40th anniversary of UVic’s opening. There are more than 60,000 UVic alumni.
Media contacts:
Mike McNeney (UVic Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642/7636 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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