In 1992, on a whim, Carol LaFayette-Boyd competed in her first masters track meet. Although she hadn’t competed in track and field since high school, she captured the 100 metre and 200 metre gold medals and has been competing ever since. She holds world records in the indoor 60 metres, 200 metres, long jump and triple jump. Her world outdoor records include 100 metres, 200 metres, high jump long jump and triple jump. In 2018, she broke world indoor records in the 60 metres, long jump and triple jump, and also set a world outdoor mark in the 100 metres. That same year, at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Málaga, Spain, she won five gold medals and set world records in the 200 metres and high jump. As a result, she was named the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year by World Masters Athletics. She was voted into the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Prior to her track and field career, LaFayette-Boyd worked in
nursing and social work. In 1965, she completed her psychiatric nursing training at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn. She later decided to return to her studies earning a social work certificate in 1977 by night classes. In 1985 she earned a degree in Social Work and continued working for the Saskatchewan Government in Social Services and Corrections.

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The COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden halt to many special events in the past 16 months. That's true of the awarding of University of Regina honorary degrees that are usually presented at Spring and Fall Convocation ceremonies. The last time the University presented its most prestigious awards was in the Fall of 2019. Thankfully, that has changed. This Spring's honorary degree recipients include one of the world's most decorated masters track and field athletes, a respected academic and a tireless Indigenous advocate.

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After graduating from the University of Regina, Dr. Eric Grimson went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1980. He soon became a faculty member at the institution and went on to teach tens of thousands of undergraduate students and supervise some 50 MIT doctoral candidates. His online course in computer science has been taken by roughly 2 million learners worldwide. Grimson is widely known for his research in computer vision, especially as it relates to medical image analysis and neurosurgery.

He has earned fellowships in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Grimson was named the first Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering in 1998. He also served as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, associate department head from 2004 to 2005, and education officer from 2001 to 2004. From 2011 until 2014, he served as Chancellor of MIT and in his current role as MIT's Chancellor for Academic Advancement represents the institution to alumni, parents and others. He also serves as an advisor to MIT's president on issues related to the institution's Campaign for a Better World, a $6 billion campaign to meet humanity's urgent global challenges through the vision and talent of the people of MIT. In 2011, he was awarded a University of Regina Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for lifetime achievement.

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