If you were given the opportunity to speak to thousands of new graduates about to set out into the world, what would you say? For Ron Graham, an alumnus and donor who received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree at spring convocation, it was about the principles he follows in his own life, including striving to be your best and helping others. Inspired by John Wooden, one of the most successful basketball coaches in US College history, these principles of success have guided Ron throughout his life.
Ron Graham graduated in 1962 with a BSc in civil engineering. Following graduation, he went to work for the family construction company, Graham Construction, which has grown from $3 million in sales in 1962 to over $2 billion in 2012. Ron and his wife Jane have given close to $11 million to the university, supporting a number of initiatives and facilities. Giving back with both dollars and time, Ron has been a generous supporter and advocate for the University of Saskatchewan, and is proud to call the U of S his alma mater.