UVic Torch -- Spring 2004
Spring 2004,
Volume 26, Number 1

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Elegantly Accepted - Photograph by Don Pierce
Song for home: Honorary degree recipient Diana Krall debuted a new song, Departure Bay, after she was formally granted an honorary doctorate of fine arts at fall convocation ceremonies.
Photography by DON PIERCE

DIANA KRALL TOLD GRADUATES AT LAST FALL'S CONVOCATION THAT SHE felt a little reluctant to accept her honorary doctorate of fine arts when the students had spent years pursuing their degrees.

But everything seemed right that afternoon in November. There was the emotional significance of receiving recognition from UVic, where the jazz star’s late mother Adella took her education degree. It felt like a homecoming too, with her family in the auditorium—including rock legend Elvis Costello, whom she would quietly marry in the weeks following the convocation ceremony.

Costello and Krall co-wrote her deeply personal new song Departure Bay, which she performed publicly for the first time. In her convocation robe and seated behind a Steinway piano, Krall sang lyrics describing the part of Nanaimo that is her home, road trips along the Malahat, the pain of losing her mom and the love she’s found with Costello.

Honorary doctorates were also awarded in the fall to physicist Alan Astbury, artist Robert Bateman, and Aboriginal rights leader Frank Calder.

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