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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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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As the University of Regina celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're celebrating with our valued alumni and surrounding community during Alumni Week! Running from October 21st to 26th, Alumni Week, presented by URAA, boasts engaging activities, exciting sporting events, fun socials, and spirited celebrations.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we will host a very special reception to honour the University of Regina's first graduating class from 1974, as you celebrate fifty years as a proud U of R alum. We will also honour graduates of the University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus, who graduated in or before 1974. These alumni are now part of the inaugural U of R Golden Aluminaries family, leading the way and lighting the future.

Planning to be in Regina this fall? Alumni Week is the perfect time to come home for a visit! We can't wait to see you!

Visit the 50th Anniversary Alumni Week page to learn more

We're celebrating the University' of Regina's 50th all year long - visit our 50th Anniversary Hub to learn more about the U of R's incredible story, and join in the fun with a year of celebratory events in the works!

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