Editorial: Honorary degrees should be given separate ceremonies

On June 7, Québecois poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault accepted an honorary doctorate of literature at a ceremony in St. Patrick’s Building. What made the ceremony unique was how it took place at a date and time that was separate from the regular week of convocation ceremonies, which took place from June 12-16. While this change from the typical routine was the only one of its kind for this convocation season, this routine should become the norm for other honorary degree recipients. Recipients should continue to speak at the regular ceremonies, but their background needs to make sense with the degrees being conferred that day. For example, if Vigneault received his degree on the same day as law students or […]

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Professor’s blog post ignites the discussion surrounding honorary degrees

Carleton recently presented a couple of honorary degrees at Convocation to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of recipients. These degrees are conferred at each Convocation to present role models to the graduating class, in hopes their messages will inspire the students and follow them into their futures, according to Carleton president Roseann Runte. But how are those recipients chosen? There is a well-defined process for granting honorary degrees, according to Clerk of Senate and Carleton professor Donald Russell. Nominations are solicited from the wider Carleton community, including students, staff, Board members, and alumni, along with other faculty. The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee then reviews each nominee in depth and picks some to bring forward to Senate, where a final decision […]

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Peter Mansbridge receives honorary degree from Carleton

Peter Mansbridge, CBC’s chief correspondent, received an honorary doctor of laws and gave a speech at Carleton’s convocation ceremony June 11. Mansbridge, among other honorary degree recipients, was chosen to receive the honour by Carleton’s Senate Honorary Degrees committee. The recipients are intended to “provide graduating students with exemplary role models and meaningful messages that will carry them into their futures,” according to Carleton’s Senate webpage. Mansbridge, who made the trip to Ottawa for the ceremony, attended both the general reception and the master’s of journalism reception, before flying back to Toronto to host The National on CBC that night. “I’ve been humbled to have honorary doctorates from a number of really great universities in Canada and adding Carleton is […]

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