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Oct. 25, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will graduate more than 1,500 students at its fall convocation ceremonies, which will be held Oct. 26 and 27 in Waterloo and Oct. 30 in Brantford.

The university will also present three accomplished Canadians with honorary degrees: sculptor Ruth Abernethy; former cabinet minister Perrin Beatty; and sports reporter Stephen Brunt.

As of Oct. 25, 1,418 students qualified to graduate in Waterloo, while 105 qualified to graduate in Brantford. Laurier expects to confer 1,058 undergraduate degrees, 402 graduate degrees and 63 diplomas this month.

Waterloo campus ceremonies will be held at the Lazaridis Hall Auditorium and the Brantford campus will host its fall convocation ceremony at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.

Beatty will be awarded his Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. Beatty is the president and chief executive officer for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest business association. A former politician, Beatty has served as a member of Parliament representing Wellington and Dufferin counties and has been a minister of state, minister of national revenue and solicitor general of Canada, among other posts.

Brunt will receive his Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. Brunt has covered the sports world for more than 30 years as a reporter, columnist, author and broadcaster. He is currently the co-host of Rogers Sportsnet’s Prime Time Sports, which is broadcast on the radio, online and on television. Brunt is also the author of seven books, including Facing Ali and Searching for Bobby Orr.

Abernethy will be awarded her Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree at Brantford’s Oct. 30 ceremony, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Abernethy is a Wellesley, Ont.-based sculptor best known for her hyper-realistic bronze sculptures. She has sculpted Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, John McCrae and Queen Elizabeth, among many other prominent Canadians. Her sculptures can be found across Canada in both public and private collections.

Laurier will also be honouring Bina Mehta, an instructor in North American Studies and Global Studies, with a Donald F. Morgenson Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, and Jamie Martin, former chair of the university’s Board of Governors, with a Distinguished Governor Award, on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.

All convocation ceremonies are ticketed events. For those unable to attend, live streams of the ceremonies will be available. View a complete convocation schedule.                                                                                                                                   

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3070

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