Convocation is a celebration of the most important investment we make in our
lives, the investment in education.
I am extremely proud of all of our graduates and am confident their hard
work and determination will be rewarded as they begin their careers or
pursue graduate studies. I recognize that many contribute to the investment
of education. The student, their families, their professors, the university
community and the public at large all make contributions - some large, some
small - that ultimately lead to graduation day. While the students are
justifiably in the spotlight, convocation gives us the opportunity to gather
as a community of learning and share that success.
Convocation does not signal the end of a journey. In many ways, it is just
the beginning. The graduates we celebrate with this ceremony will share
their talents and skills with their community in ways which will enrich us
all. I invite and strongly encourage them to play an active and permanent
role in our university as they move from student to alumni.
The University of Manitoba alumni family is critical to the success of the
institution and of students who are yet to arrive here to study. They act as
ambassadors, proving to prospective students, their families, and employers
that the University of Manitoba plays a vital role in the successes of
individuals and our community.
I am constantly inspired by our University of Manitoba alumni and how they
have used what they have learned on this campus to achieve personal success
while making their communities, their provinces or states, their countries
and the world a better place. Eight of our nine honorary graduates this year
are University of Manitoba alumni who have achieved great personal success
and have made great contributions to the university following graduation.
* Allan Ronald, a pioneer in the field of infectious disease research
who helped establish the U of M's team of world-renowned infectious disease
* Claude Bernier, who has been recognized for his work as a
distinguished researcher and trailblazer with respect to improving global
* Catherine "Kiki" Delaney, a philanthropist and Member of the Order
of Canada. Ms Delaney was one of the first women to conquer the
male-dominated Bay Street status quo before establishing her own successful
investment council firm;
* Stu Clark, a successful Calgary-based entrepreneur whose vision and
generosity have been driving forces in helping make the I. H. Asper School
of Business a world-class hub of entrepreneurial activity;
* Gary and Janice Filmon, who have made contributions to this province
that extend far beyond Mr. Filmon's tenure as Manitoba premier. As
distinguished alumni of the U of M, the Filmons have consistently risen to
the challenge of helping promote and advance the reputation of their alma
* Terry Sargeant, the former chair of the U of M Board of Governors
and one-time MP. Mr. Sargent has been integral to trendsetting causes such
as the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission as well as lending his support
to the arts through his involvement on various local boards; and
* Philip Lee, Manitoba's first Chinese-Canadian lieutenant-governor
and, for more than three decades, a staunch supporter and defender of
Chinese Canadians across the country.
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor and fertility expert who was
born and raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and has dedicated his
life to the search for peace in the Middle East rounds out or list of
inspiring honorary degree recipients.
While the alumni we are celebrating are an impressive group, I am confident
the class of 2011 will meet and exceed the success of the graduates that
came before them in ways we cannot possibly imagine.
They will serve as new ambassadors for our university as they make their
mark in the world. They are the next generation of alumni and benefactors
who will contribute to our university and our community. Once again, I offer
my heartfelt congratulations and wish them all the success in the world.
David T. Barnard
President and Vice-Chancellor
The Winnipeg Police Service, University of Manitoba Security Services,
University of Manitoba Environmental Health and Safety Office and the Public
Health Inspector are investigating what appears to be an intentional
contamination of an employee's personal water bottle with a noxious
substance. The tampering of this water bottle took place on the Bannatyne
Campus sometime between May 09, 2011 and May 10th, 2011.
Employees are cautioned not to leave personal drink bottles, food or lunch
boxes unattended and to report any occurrences of suspected tampering to
University of Manitoba Security Services at 474-9312."
Effective August 2011, the University of Manitoba Financial Aid and Awards
Office will be moving away from a paper-based bursary application to a fully
integrated ON-LINE application process! (The 2010/11 application was
available on-line but had to be printed off before completion while the new
application can be completed and submitted on-line.)
The new on-line application will become available in late August. Please
check the Financial Aid <http://umanitoba.ca/student/fin_awards/> & Awards
website throughout the summer for updates.
Basic bursary criteria:
* All students must complete courses in both fall & winter terms to be
* In most cases, students must register for and complete at least 60
percent of a full course-load per term (i.e., a minimum of 9 credit hours
per term). Graduate students do not have to adhere to credit hour minimums
but must be registered as full-time students with the Faculty of Graduates
* As always, financial need must be clearly documented on the
application. Students who will have 2011-2012 government student loans have
an easier way of documenting financial need. Student aid recipients will
likely be required to submit copies of their current "official" government
loan assessment (not 'quick assessments') to support their declaration of
* Students must meet minimum G.P.A requirements. Continuing students
must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0. New students (from high
school) must have a grade 12 average of 70% or higher.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid & Awards
Office at (204) 474-8917, or by email at awards(a)umanitoba.ca
The following is sent on behalf of the Canadian National Student Loan
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REPAYING YOUR STUDENT LOAN(S)
Are you graduating or leaving school? Then it's time to take charge of your
Your government student loan(s) may come from the federal government and or
your provincial/territorial government. This means you could have more than
one loan to pay back.
The National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) will send your
Consolidation Agreement by mail before you are required to start making
payments. The Agreement sets the terms for the repayment of your Canada
Student Loan; this is the federal portion of your loan. You'll have to make
a number of decisions, including the type of interest rate and how long
you'll take to repay your loan. Depending on your situation, you might also
receive another Consolidation Agreement by mail for your provincial or
territorial student loan.
You don't have to make any payments on your student loan(s) for the first
six months after you leave school; however, interest will be added to your
Canada Student Loan during these six months.
Helping you repay your loan
Missing payments can have serious and long-term consequences. Contact the
NSLSC before you miss a payment. The federal government can provide you with
a number of options, such as the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP). Visit
CanLearn.ca to use the
Repayment Assistance Estimator.
Sign up for an online NSLSC account on <http://www.canlearn.ca/>
CanLearn.ca and ensure that the NSLSC has your up-to-date contact
For information on your student loan(s), contact the NSLSC at 1-888-815-4514
For information on your provincial student loan(s), contact your provincial
student financial aid office.
Visit <http://www.canlearn.ca/> CanLearn.ca for more information.
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