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Four distinguished professors and one of Canada’s renowned marine biologists to be honoured at UNB graduation ceremonies

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on May 27, 2021

Category: myUNB , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

The University of New Brunswick will have much to celebrate at its virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 5. More than 1,600 students will accept degrees; two valedictorians will deliver valedictory addresses; four retired professors will obtain the ranking of Professor Emeritus for serving the university with great distinction; and a posthumous honorary degree will be awarded to Laurie Murison, one of Atlantic Canada’s outstanding marine biologists.

The Fredericton campus will hold four ceremonies at which 1,294 students will receive degrees, and the Saint John campus will hold one ceremony where 341 degrees will be conferred.

UNB Fredericton’s 191st Encaenia will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

UNB Saint John’s 46th Spring Convocation ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

Professors Emeriti

The designation of professor emeritus will be bestowed upon the following professors for their accomplishments and commitment to teaching, research and administration:

Honorary Degree

The University of New Brunswick will award a posthumous honorary doctorate of science degree to Laurie Murison.

Laurie Murison was one of Atlantic Canada’s outstanding marine biologists, with a focus on the marine ecosystem of the Bay of Fundy. In over three decades of research, she gained an international reputation as one of the foremost experts on cetaceans, particularly North Atlantic right whales, and the capacity of the Bay of Fundy to sustain a diversity of species, from zooplankton to large marine mammals.

Additional information related to UNB’s Encaenia and Spring Convocation ceremonies can be found at

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