Virtual convocation ceremonies begin this week at Nipissing University.

The post-secondary school is holding four ceremonies for about 1400 graduating students this year. 

Nipissing University will recognize Tom Curry with an honorary degree Doctor of Letters during its upcoming virtual convocation celebrations.

Curry is a leading trial and appellate lawyer and Managing Partner of Lenczner Slaght LLP, Canada’s leading litigation firm. 

“Tom Curry was selected for this honour for his meaningful contributions to Nipissing University, his profession, and society-at-large,” said Cheryl Sutton, President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim). “Mr. Curry has been a long-time supporter of the University and we are proud to formally welcome him to our Nipissing family with this well-deserved distinction.” 

Curry was born and raised in North Bay. 

He graduated from Chippewa Secondary School in 1977 and later obtained a degree from the University of Waterloo, School of Urban and Regional Planning. 

He then attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar as a lawyer in 1986.  

Curry served for two terms on the Board of Governors of Nipissing University and played an important role as a Member of the Special Governance Commission. 

Nipissing University’s four virtual ceremonies include: 

  • Faculty of Arts & Science – Tuesday, June 15, 2021  
  • Schulich School of Education – Thursday, June 17, 2021  
  • School of Business, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, School of Social Work – Tuesday, June 22, 2021  
  • School of Nursing – Thursday, June 24, 2021  

Each ceremony webpage will go live at 9 a.m. on ceremony day and will feature video addresses from the Chancellor, President & Vice Chancellor (Interim), Provost & Vice-President, Academic & Research, honorary degree recipient and alumni. 

This year’s graduates also received a Grad Box full of items to assist with their at-home celebrations. 

In-person events will be planned for when it is safe to do so. 

The University says they will invite members of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 graduating classes back to campus to cross the stage during those events.