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October 28, 2005

Source: University of Calgary:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/oct05/convocation2.html

U of C rolls out the red carpet for fall convocation ceremonies

All media are invited to attend the University of Calgaryís fall Convocation on Thursday, November 10, 2005. More than 1,400 students will be eligible to receive their degrees in two separate ceremonies.

John Forzani, one of Canadaís retail business leaders, and Andrew Raeburn, a leader in the cityís cultural and academic community will receive honorary doctor of law degrees, Forzani at the 9:30 am ceremony and Raeburn at 2 pm in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium. They will be the 327^th and 328th honorary degrees that the university has conferred in its 39-year history.

Forzani is known as one of Calgaryís most successful entrepreneurs, and has become a retail icon across the country. During his career as an exceptional leader in the retail industry in Calgary and nationally, he has supported philanthropic causes and programs to enhance community living - through amateur sports, health, social services, arts and culture, education, and the environment. In 2002, he received the Distinguished Business Leader Award, jointly sponsored by the Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his outstanding leadership in business and the Calgary community.

In 1993, Raeburn was invited to become the executive director of the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary. Under his direction, it has developed into a truly outstanding and prestigious world competition and has focused attention on Calgary as an international cultural centre. Raeburn has forged a remarkable liaison between the competition and the University of Calgary. The national and international profile generated provides the U of Cís Rozsa Centre with recognition and access to a wide-reaching audience.

The university will also honour Carol Stewart, currently assigned as the Provostís Advisor on Collaborative Relations, with the Order of the University of Calgary at the 9:30 am ceremony. Stewart embodies the values and standards of the Haskayne School of Business and of the University of Calgary. A wonderful role model, she inspires excellence in others. As an ambassador for the University of Calgary to the wider community, she has held leadership positions and is associated with numerous groups and foundations where she generously shares her time and talent.

The morning ceremonies include students from the faculties of Environmental Design, Haskayne School of Business, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Schulich School of Engineering, Science, Social Work, and Graduate Studies. The afternoon Convocation features students from the faculties of Communication and Culture, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies. Appoximately 700 students are expected to attend.

An area has been reserved for media near the front of the stage. A media feed will be available. For more information contact Janna Klemen, Media Relations, 220-4756. For a map of the campus, see www.ucalgary.ca/map.

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Janna Klemen
Media Relations Advisor
University of Calgary, External Communications
Phone: 403-220-4756
Fax: 403-282-8413


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