Governor General leads list of honorary degree recipients during Canada’s 150th anniversary – U of Alberta

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 2017102 Views

Twelve inspiring individuals will receive the University of Alberta’s highest honour at convocation ceremonies this June.

April 12, 2017

The University of Alberta’s spring convocation this June will include a nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary as Governor General David Johnston receives an honorary degree. Johnston is among a dozen influential leaders being recognized with the university’s highest honour.

“Honorary degrees are intended to recognize individuals whose character and whose extraordinary intellectual, artistic or athletic achievements or service to society set a standard of excellence that merits the university’s highest honour,” said U of A chancellor Doug Stollery. “In accepting an honorary degree, each of our recipients for spring convocation 2017 also honours the spirit of the university.”

The Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada, is a lifelong champion of civic engagement and post-secondary education as evidenced by his career as a law professor and dean, principal of McGill University (1979-1994), president of the University of Waterloo (1999-2010), and as a statesman. He has also devoted his time and energy to numerous government task forces and committees, as well as boards of corporations and community organizations. First appointed to the Order of Canada in 1988, he was named chancellor and principal and extraordinary companion of the order in 2013. He has been serving as Governor General since 2010.

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