The University of Regina has presented an honorary degree to the multi-talented singer/songwriter, actor, storyteller, educator, and mentor Joseph Naytowhow.

“Having been torn from family and community at age six, it was much later into my life - at 20 years of age - that I was reintroduced to Indigenous worldviews,” says Naytowhow. “Receiving this degree means all that I've experienced on my journey of healing and learning from elders is recognized and acknowledged.

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The University of Regina has awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Dr. Bhanu Prasad, a Regina physician renowned for his expertise in nephrology - a field of medicine that deals with kidneys and hypertension. Dr. Prasad is an award-winning nephrologist, teacher, and researcher.

"It is an incredibly humbling and gratifying experience to receive this degree from the University of Regina," said Dr. Prasad. "This recognition from a prestigious institution affirms the dedication and passion I have put into my clinical work, research, and teaching endeavours. It serves as validation for the countless hours of effort and commitment I have invested in my professional pursuits."

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Recognized provincially, nationally, and internationally for her lifelong commitment and contribution to the nursing profession, Saskatchewan-born Dr. Marlene Smadu is an exemplary recipient of the Honorary Degree - Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) from the University of Regina.

"I am deeply honoured to receive an honorary degree from the University of Regina, an institution that I have been associated with in many ways for over 50 years starting with my first paid summer job as a clerk at Extension Division on College Avenue Campus. The University of Regina has played a significant role in my life and the lives of my family members, contributing to our well-being and quality of life."

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