Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


FM Quance (Photograph Collection A-3216)
Name: Francis Melville Quance, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Convocation date: September 29, 1959
Special Convocation: Golden Jubilee Convocation
Discipline / contribution: education
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you a distinguished Canadian educator, and ask that you confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
The name of Frank M. Quance is a familiar one to many thousands of Canadians, By far his widest circle of acquaintances has been formed through the medium of the Quance Spellers and Quance Spelling Scale. Whether the young people he has so met regard Dr. Quance as a warm friend or a mortal enemy probably depends upon their individual spelling abilities. The significant features of these publications however, are that they were originally prepared, and have since been continuously revised, on the basis of wide research studies in children’s language, conducted by Dr. Quance over a period of more than thirty years. They were the first school spelling texts in Canada to be based on research rather than opinions
Amongst his colleagues Dr. Quance is widely recognized for his professional leadership. He has served as president of the Saskatchewan Education Association and as Director of the Canadian Education Association; he was a member of the American Research Fraternity in Education, Phi Delta Kappa; he has acted as consultant editor of the magazine “Understanding the Child.” Even after his retirement he has exerted a strong and growing influence upon educational leadership through the medium of the Quance Lectures. These lectures were established by Dr. Quance as a gift to the University in order to meet the need which he saw for a body of authoritative literature in the field of publicly administered education in Canada. The Quance Lecture Series, which now comprises 10 volumes is internationally recognized as the most authoritative source of information on Canadian education.
It is to teacher education that Dr. Quance has made his most outstanding contribution. His wide early experience as a homesteader, a teacher in a rural school, a high school principal, and a school superintendent, provided a unique preparation for what was to be his primary life’s work — the education of teachers. This phase of his career was begun in 1916 at the Regina Normal School, an institution which he had attended as a student some 11 years earlier during its last session in Territorial days. In 1926 he became principal of the Normal School, a post which he relinquished a year later to organize the School of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1928, under his leadership, the College of Education was formed as a Faculty of the University; first as a one year post-graduate course, and in 1946, just one year before Dr. Quance’s retirement from active teaching, as an undergraduate degree course.
Those of his students who have had the privilege of s. closer association with Dr Quance in graduate studies would wish me, on this occasion, to thank him for three things - for the high standards which he consistently set for himself and for his students, for the personal and kindly interest that he took in each of us, and for his capacity to see great visions and to share these with others.
Some of the dreams which Dr. Quance held from the beginning for teacher education in this province remain to be realized, but they are closer to fulfilment because of the foresight and wisdom which characterized his many years of dedicated service to this University and to the teaching profession.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Dr. Frank Melville Quance, Dean Emeritus of the College of Education, and ask that you confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: J.B. Kirkpatrick, Dean of Education

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