University of Calgary

Honorary Degrees, Orders of the University of Calgary and Convocation Speakers

UToday HomeMay 17, 2012

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our Honorary Degrees and our Orders of the University of Calgary for the June convocation ceremonies. Please join us in offering our congratulations and welcoming them to the family of University of Calgary distinguished award recipients.

The Honorary Degree is the University of Calgary’s highest academic honour bestowed on individuals who have made extraordinary achievements and done a great service to the community. The Order of the University of Calgary honours individuals who have a record of exemplary and distinguished service to the university.

In addition, we would like to also introduce our Convocation Speakers who are also inspirational leaders and role models for our graduates.

June 4 morning ceremony
The Honorary Degree recipient, John Furlong created the vision and led the team that bid for, organized, and staged the highly successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Order of the University of Calgary recipient, Peter Connellan is Professor Emeritus in our Faculty of Kinesiology and is the former award-winning Head Coach of the University of Calgary’s Dinos football team.

June 4 afternoon ceremony
The Convocation Speaker, Vern Kimball is the Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Stampede and will receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award on May 31

June 5 morning ceremony
The Honorary Degree recipient, Roger Gibbins is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary and is the outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada West Foundation, one of Canada’s leading policy think tanks.

June 5 afternoon
His Honour, Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald Ethell will receive an honorary degree. His Honour is the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, a soldier, peacekeeper and humanitarian who has served Canada and Alberta.

June 6 morning
Canadian entrepreneur, oilfield-industry leader and dedicated philanthropist, Dave Werklund will receive an Honorary Degree.

June 7 morning
Our outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Tom Feasby is the Convocation Speaker. Through his tireless efforts, Dr. Feasby has strengthened research groups and health care organizations throughout Canada.

June 7 afternoon
The Convocation Speaker, Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best-known science journalists and received a University of Calgary Honorary Degree in 2010.

June 8 morning
The Honorary Degree recipient, Ken King is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Flames and a strong believer in contributing to the community. The Order of the University of Calgary recipient, Rita Egizii is the Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach, Haskayne School of Business and has won many accolades for her support of students and contributions to community.

We invite you to read more about these outstanding individuals on the university’s 2012 Convocation News site and to review the full listing of the graduating classes on the Graduation site.

 

Jim Dinning                             Elizabeth Cannon
Chancellor                               President