The University of Regina will be holding its 42nd Spring Convocation June 1-3 at the Conexus Arts Centre.
During the ceremonies. three people will be given an honorary degree from the University.
Gavin Semple is an entrepreneur who transformed a small electrical contracting company into Brandt Industries Ltd. and the Brandt Group of Companies, the first privately held business in Saskatchewan to achieve $1 billion in sales.
Jack Semple, younger brother of Gavin Semple, is a virtuoso guitar player and performer and while his musical interests are eclectic and wide-ranging, he is often categorized as a blues musician. He began playing guitar when he was nine, and refined his mastery of it through many hours of dedicated practice.
Chief Tammy Cook-Searson is a community leader, politician, businessperson; a contemporary woman rooted in her Cree language and culture. As a child, her parents spent part of each year hunting, trapping and fishing, and the experience of living on the land strongly influenced her. She believes it is important to continue practicing the ancient ways that respect the land, plants and animals.
Cook-Searson was elected Councillor for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in 1997, and became the first woman elected Chief of the Band in 2005. She has been re-elected ever since. With more than 10,000 members, she leads the largest Indian Band in Saskatchewan.
More than 21-hundred students at the University will be receiving their diploma at the ceremony.