Enright to receive honorary degree at Grenfell

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Michael Enright in a file photo.

Citing his significant contribution to broadcasting in Canada and the local literary scene, journalist Michael Enright will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.

The ceremony will take place at the session of convocation in Corner Brook on May 9.

The awarding of honorary doctorates is an important feature of Memorial’s convocation ceremonies, said a prepared release, and serves to celebrate both the individual and the university, as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.

Enright’s celebrated journalistic career has spanned 50 years, during which he has held key positions in Canadian media. He has hosted many of CBC Radio's flagship programs, including This Country in the Morning, As It Happens, This Morning and currently, The Sunday Edition. He was managing editor of CBC Radio news, and held editorial positions with publications such as Time and Quest magazines. At Maclean’s, he oversaw the magazine's shift from a monthly to a weekly publication.

An occasional resident of Salvage, Bonavista Bay, Enright has also become a regular contributor to Winterset in Summer, the literary festival in nearby Eastport. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., and in 2012 an honorary degree from York University. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

Honorary degrees at Memorial will also be awarded to: social justice leader and community volunteer, Jocelyn Greene; former Grenfell Mission intern and geriatric medicine leader, Dr. John Gray; Autism Society founding member, Joyce Hayward Churchill; businessperson, philanthropist and non-denominational school system activist, Kathleen Pratt LeGrow; and heritage advocate and long-serving municipal politician, Shannie Duff.

Organizations: Grenfell, CBC Radio, It Happens Time St. Thomas University York University Autism Society

Geographic location: Canada, Corner Brook, Bonavista Bay Eastport Fredericton

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