Philanthropist Bluma Appel among honorary degree recipients

Spring convocation ceremonies to be held June 7-23
May 24/06
by Nicolle Wahl

Approximately 11,000 students will graduate from the University of Toronto this spring, with convocation ceremonies taking place from Wednesday, June 7, to Friday, June 23. All ceremonies will be held in Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

Honorary degree recipients will address graduating students and their guests at 11 of the convocation ceremonies; nine ceremonies will feature prominent speakers. The schedule of honorary degree recipients and speakers is:

• Wednesday, June 7, 2:30 p.m. – Sidney Altman, 1989 Nobel laureate in chemistry, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
• Thursday, June 8, 2:30 p.m. – Roy J. Shephard, emeritus professor of applied physiology and exercise science, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
• Friday, June 9, 10 a.m. – Adrian Brook, university professor emeritus of chemistry, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
• Friday, June 9, 2:30 p.m. – John Mighton, adjunct professor of mathematics at U of T and winner of the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award for drama, will give the address.
• Monday, June 12, 2:30 p.m. – Frank A. Dottori, co-founder of Tembec Inc., will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
• Tuesday, June 13, 10 a.m. – Martha Minow, professor of law at Harvard University and an advocate for the rights of minorities, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
• Tuesday, June 13, 2:30 p.m. – Chris Argyris, the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
• Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 p.m. – Bluma Appel, a Canadian philanthropist with a passion for the arts and social causes, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
• Thursday, June 15, 2006, 2:30 p.m. – Adele Buckley, an advocate for nuclear disarmament and a proponent of environmental protection and repair, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
• Friday, June 16, 2:30 p.m. – Modris Eksteins, a professor, historian and senior fellow at Massey College, will give the address.
• Friday, June 16, 2:30 p.m. – Mary Anne Chambers, Ontario’s minister of children and youth services, will give the address.
• Monday, June 19, 10 a.m. – Hazel McCallion, mayor of Mississauga, will give the address.
• Monday, June 19, 2:30 p.m. – Ulrich Krull, a leading analytical chemist and vice-principal (research) at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, will give the address.
• Tuesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m. – R. Murray Schafer, renowned Canadian composer, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
• Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m. – Kenneth Bartlett, professor of Renaissance studies and director of the Office of Teaching Advancement, will give the address.
• Wednesday, June 21, 2:30 p.m. – Vivienne Poy, Canadian senator and chancellor of the University of Toronto, will give the address.
• Thursday, June 22, 2:30 p.m. – Speaker TBA.
• Friday, June 23, 10 a.m. – Jean Little, award-winning children’s author, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.
• Friday, June 23, 2:30 p.m. – Chinua Achebe, one of Africa’s most esteemed writers, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.

Contact:

Sonnet L’Abbé, U of T Public Affairs, 416-978-2988; e-mail: sonnet.labbe@utoronto.ca


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