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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Gilles Vigneault receives honorary doctorate of literature

Prolific Québecois poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault received an honorary doctorate of literature for his contribution to Québecois and Canadian arts at a special convocation ceremony on June 7 at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG). Vigneault was honoured at a separate ceremony, rather than at one of the traditional graduation ceremonies that took place from June 13-16, where the majority of honorary degrees are awarded. “When someone gives you a gift, it is polite to rise and accept the gift in person,” Vigneault said. “[Carleton] chose to give me this gift, and thus it is polite to thank them for it. A gift, an homage, an honour of this kind, it makes my day.”   Two of Vigneault’s songs, […]

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