LETHBRIDGE: The University of Lethbridge Spring Convocation is honoring its grads --1454 of them to be exact, from a variety of disciplines.
At Thursday's ceremonies, former Alberta Agriculture minister Shirley McClellan was formally installed as the University's new Chancellor by His Honour, Colonel (retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
2011 Honourary Degree recipients on Thursday included Kim Phuc, the famous photographer of the young Vietnamese girl fleeing her village after a napalm attack during the Vietnam war. Phuc is also a noted humanitarian who founded the Kim Phuc Foundation and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for a Culture of Peace.
The other Honorary Degree recipient is Gordon Semenoff, the Pincher Creek born theoretical physicist, who is now professor of physics at the University of B.C. Semenoff is an expert on quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and statistical mechanics and string theory.
During Friday's portion of the convocation exercises, the two Honorary Degree recipients will be Maude Barlow, founding member and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. Barlow is also a leader in the International Water Justice Movement an senior advisor on water to the 63rd president of the United Nations General Assembly. She also spoke at the Yates Centre Wednesday night, adding her voice to a battle over water pollution on the Kainai reserve.
Also on Friday, an Honorary degree in conferred on former Lethbridge-West MLA Clint Dunford, who helped launch Campus Alberta and WorkSafe Alberta.