It’s the season of graduations and this week is Spring Convocation for University of Saskatchewan students. Just over 3,450 students are expected to graduate this term. Every convocation includes the Treaty 6 flag, the Metis flag and an honour song.
The U of S has one of the highest populations of Indigenous students at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Looking back to a century ago, the First World War ended, and of the 345 students, faculty and staff from the U of S who enlisted, 60 died, more than 100 were wounded and 33 were awarded medals. Eight Canadians are receiving honourary degrees, including Merlis Belsher, a U of S graduate whose leadership was instrumental in the development of the new Merlis Belsher Place multi-sport complex. Legendary musician Joni Mitchell and hockey coach Dave King will also receive honourary degrees.
Mitchell won’t be present this afternoon (Mon), so U of S President Peter Stoicheff will receive the degree on her behalf. Convocation continue today through Thursday.
For a list of honorary degree recipients: