Local Physician and Grammy Award-Winning Artist to Receive Honorary Degrees
Cape Breton University (CBU) will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 630 graduates during its Spring Convocation ceremony being held on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the CBU Canada Games Complex. In addition to honouring the academic achievements of the 2013 graduating class, CBU will bestow honorary degrees on local physician, Dr. Andrew Lynk and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, Gordon (Gordie) Sampson. Both will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.
During the ceremony, graduates, their families and friends will be treated to a musical selection from award-winning Cape Breton singer/songwriter Gordie Sampson. Still early in his career, Sampson has already experienced great success in the music industry, with accolades that include a Grammy Award, a Juno Award, and two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards, a Nashville Songwriters’ Association Award, a Country Music Association Award, a Canadian Country Music Association Award and 14 East Coast Music Awards. In addition to the four solo albums that Mr. Sampson has released, he has written and co-written songs for some of the biggest stars in the music industry such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Bon Jovi, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Randy Travis and Miley Cyrus. He has also produced albums for Natalie MacMaster and Damhnait Doyle.
Valedictorian, Nicole MacDougall of New Waterford, N.S., hopes to share with her fellow graduates the message that a graduate’s success is in part due to community support and how Cape Breton University provides that.
The convocation ceremony is available online at www.cbu.ca/convocation. Send congratulatory messages via Twitter using the hashtag #CBUGrad2013.
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