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Julie Payette, Raymond Moriyama receive honorary degrees

UToday HomeJune 10, 2013

The honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws, is the University of Calgary’s highest academic honour bestowed on individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition. Today’s recipients are:

Raymond MoriyamaRaymond Moriyama
Julie PayetteJulie Payette
Raymond Moriyama –
Morning convocation for Environmental Design, Kinesiology, Social Work and Graduate Studies

Raymond Moriyama is one of Canada’s most respected architects whose landmark projects earn praise for their intimate relationship to land, nature, people and community.  Born in Vancouver, he was interned during the Second World War because of his Japanese heritage.  Among Moriyama’s many projects are the Ontario Science Centre, Science North, Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto Reference Library, Bata Shoe Museum, National Museum of Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.  Another of his architectural achievements is the Canadian War Museum.  The museum inspired a curriculum and resource package for secondary school teachers on architecture and history respecting Canadian war veterans.

Julie Payette – Afternoon convocation for the Schulich School of Engineering and Graduate Studies

Julie Payette is a veteran of two NASA missions into space and was the first Canadian to visit the International Space Station. She is a leader with the Own the Podium program and carried the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In 1992, the Canadian Space Agency selected Payette from 5,330 applicants to become one of four astronauts. After her basic training in Canada, she was a technical advisor for the Mobile Servicing System, an advanced robotics system contributed by Canada to the International Space Station.  She was the Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000-2007.

Learn more about graduation and convocation, honorary degrees and the Order of the University of Calgary.


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