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IT'S fall convocation time this week at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg -- the 100th for U of W.

As part of its 100th convocation, the U of W examined the future of higher education Thursday with a panel at Convocation Hall on post-secondary education for indigenous peoples.

The participants included student council aboriginal representative Raven Hart-Bellecourt, Jennifer Rattray, associate vice-president of indigenous, government and community affairs, Diane Roussin, executive director of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and Leah LaPlante, chairwoman of the Louis Riel Institute.

Today at the U of W, Paul Vogt will moderate a panel discussion on the future of higher education in Manitoba, with John Bulman, U of W chancellor emeritus, U of W past presidents Marsha Hanen and Robin H. Farquhar, past chancellor Sanford Riley and chancellor Bob Silver. That begins 9:30 a.m. Friday in Convocation Hall.

The U of W will honour former chancellors, presidents and other key individuals today with the title of emeritus. At this special convocation, beginning at 2:30 p.m. today, a 100th Convocation Award will be given to nine key people who have played an integral role in contributing to the viability and growth of the university. The recipients will include Patrick Deane, Richard Graydon, Frank Hechter, Sherman Kreiner, Margaret McPherson, Debra Radi, Susan Thompson, Janet Walker and Carole Wylie.

Honorary degrees were awarded by the U of M to historian Margaret Conrad, whose work has enduring impact on the way Canadians conceptualize women and the work they do in production, reproduction and caring for the young, the ill and the elderly.

Abdo (Albert) El Tassi, president and CEO of Peerless Garments, who the U of M said is an outstanding philanthropist involved in many aspects of outreach to enrich the lives of immigrants and in particular the children of the world, was also honoured.

In addition to the honorary degrees, the Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award for outstanding contributions and governance of the University of Manitoba was presented to Keith Findlay.

The Graduate Students' Association Teaching Award was presented to Todd Duhamel, faculty of kinesiology and recreation management.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 18, 2013 A8

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Updated on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM CDT: Paul Vogt will moderate a panel discussion at U of W.

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