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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335


July 21 , 2004

In an outdoor ceremony on Wednesday evening, 144 students received their degrees in Education, Social Work, Arts and Applied Arts at St. Thomas University's Summer Convocation.

St. Thomas University President and Vice-Chancellor Daniel O'Brien conferred degrees upon 59 Bachelor of Education graduates, 22 Bachelor of Social Work graduates, 62 Bachelor of Arts graduates, and one Bachelor of Applied Arts.

St. Thomas named Mr. Dick Quigg and Mr. Ronald LeBreton as honorary fellows.
Dick Quigg made a longstanding contribution to social work in New Brunswick during a 30-year-career in the provincial child welfare system. Ronald LeBreton was at the forefront of the movement to reorganize the educational system in New Brunswick to ensure linguistic duality in the delivery of educational services to French-speaking children in New Brunswick.

Dr. O'Brien presented medals to the top scholars from the Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Education programmes. Carla Goodyear, of Moncton, NB, received the University Medal for Academic Excellence: Bachelor of Social Work. Rachel Rennie of Alberton, PE, was awarded the University Medal for Academic Excellence: Bachelor of Education.

Graduating students Paulette Gaudet, BSW and Heather MacKinnon, B.Ed. spoke on behalf of their graduating classes.

Minister of Education Madeleine Dubé presented the Convocation address.

Trying to beat the heat. Students at St. Thomas University's outdoor ceremony fanned themselves with their Convocation programmes in an effort to cool down at Wednesday evening's ceremony .
From left to right: Bishop Faber MacDonald, the Chancellor of St. Thomas, Mr. Dick Quigg, Mr. Ronald LeBreton and St. Thomas University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Daniel O'Brien.

Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522
Email: marymc@stu.ca