Memorial reaffirms decision to drop Ode to Newfoundland


Memorial University has reaffirmed its decision made last fall to drop the Ode to Newfoundland from its convocation ceremonies. CBC reports that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had requested that Memorial reconsider the decision. The university reportedly considered changing part of the lyrics, but has since confirmed that it will not play the Ode during this year’s ceremony because it does not reflect the campus community. “The decision to remove the Ode to Newfoundland from convocation was intended to create safer and more welcoming spaces for all students,” said Memorial President Neil Bose. Both sides of the House of Assembly objected to Memorial’s decision and Tourism Minister Steve Crocker has called for the decision to be reversed.

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