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Saskatchewan Polytechnic celebrates graduates at Saskatoon convocation

Faculty and staff, family and friends celebrate the perseverance, dedication and accomplishments of Saskatoon campus students

May 23, 2019 – Tomorrow Saskatchewan Polytechnic will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates along with award recipients at the Saskatoon campus convocation. More than 1,600 students have been invited to attend Saskatoon convocation.

"Convocation is a major milestone in the life of any student," says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. "While we are in a period of unprecedented change, brought on by new technologies and the changing nature of work, the opportunities that the future holds for the Class of 2019 are limitless. Our graduates have a well-deserved reputation for their strong work ethic, applied learning and problem-solving skills. These are qualities that will be in demand throughout their careers."

Some graduates and community members will be recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions to the province.

Rachel Hitomi will be recognized with the Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal for the highest average in the Saskatoon campus Adult 12 program. Soyoung Park will be recognized with the Governor General’s Academic Collegiate Bronze Medal.

Dr. Madeline Press, will receive an Applied Research Award for Excellence for her contributions in the areas of Applied Research and Innovation in the School of Nursing.

Several years ago, Sask Polytech debuted the Faculty Award for Excellence: Teaching to recognize excellence in service and innovation from faculty. This year’s deserving recipients are Anthony Voykin, Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Program and Owen Wisner, Medical Radiologic Technology and Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Program.

Sask Polytech will award an honorary diploma to Merlis Belsher as part of the Saskatoon campus convocation. Belsher is an accomplished accountant, lawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He attended the University of Saskatchewan earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He continued his education to become a Chartered Accountant. Belsher then returned to the U of S to earn a Bachelor of Law degree following which he was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan. A businessman by nature, he then purchased a concrete products manufacturing business in Saskatoon. Through acquisitions and expansion, he grew the business to be a leader in Western Canada, eventually selling it in 2008 to an international firm. Education has always been a major focus in Belsher's philanthropic and volunteer efforts.

People wanting to livestream the Saskatoon convocation ceremony are invited to visit: www.saskpolytech.ca/convocation.

Media are encouraged to attend the convocation ceremony.

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Location: TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East
Saskatoon SK

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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