Doctor’s orders

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.

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Appreciation on the summer stage

The annual appreciation event for members of the Greystone Circle, the society that honours individuals for their current and future support of the University of Saskatchewan, took place on June 14, 2013. This exclusive event was hosted in the Greystone Theatre North Studio and guests were treated to a special performance by students from the department of drama.

The performance, titled Wet Paint, was written by the students as part of the inaugural “Play in a Day” competition, where groups of drama students were sequestered in various locations in the drama building and tasked with creating a finished play in under 24 hours. Event entertainment was also provided by the Jared Tehse Trio, a student jazz group from the department of music. Guests enjoyed the display of student talent and the students were thrilled to perform for an audience.

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