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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Daniel Alfredsson, David and Sharon Johnston awarded honorary degrees

Canadian Governor General David Johnston helps lead our country. His wife, Sharon Johnston, has completed extensive research in rehabilitation science. Daniel Alfredsson is a celebrated hockey player, the former captain of the Ottawa Senators, and an advocate for mental health. All three individuals were among the 15 honorary degree recipients during Carleton’s spring convocation ceremonies held earlier this month. The university bestows honorary degrees to a select number of individuals annually. Carleton’s Senate Honorary Degrees Committee is responsible for reviewing the nominations, which are solicited from the wider Carleton community. Students, staff, Board of Governors members and faculty are all able to make nominations. “Our practices ensure that the candidates that come forward to the Senate are individuals that truly […]

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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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