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MSVU to Confer Honorary Degrees on Former Governor General, Lieutenant Governor and Mi’kmaq Advocate

April 24, 2008, Halifax – Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) continues its long tradition of recognizing highly-accomplished individuals, and will welcome into its alumnae family in May three people who have all made outstanding contributions to society and have shaped the very country in which we live.

At the Spring Convocation ceremonies on May 15 and 16, 2008, MSVU will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (DHumL) on the following people:

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, C.C.
Universally acknowledged to have transformed the office of Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson was the 26th person to hold this office. The energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of Canada she brought to Canadians in her six years in Ottawa have left an indelible mark in our nation’s history. Through a long career at CBC, she created and starred in numerous series, including the fifth estate and Adrienne Clarkson Presents. She has been showered with honorary doctorates from St. Petersburg in Russia, Siena in Italy and 21 universities in Canada. Her passion for Canada is evident in everything she has done. Her memoirs, Heart Matters, were published by Penguin Viking Canada in 2006. Ms. Clarkson will receive her honorary degree on Friday, May 16 at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Her Honour the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S., Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
The Honourable Mayann Francis is the first African Nova Scotian and only the second woman to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in Nova Scotia. Her professional journey has taken her from Whitney Pier to New York to Ontario and back to Nova Scotia. She is the recipient of the Harry Jerome Award for professional excellence, an award from the Multicultural Education Council of Nova Scotia and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Her Honour has served on boards of directors and organizing committees of a number of not-for-profit organizations and community groups. Her Honour will receive her honorary degree on Thursday, May 15 at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Dr. Donald M. Julien, O.N.S.
Donald M. Julien is a prominent figure in the Mi'kmaq community and an advocate for Mi'kmaq culture. Under Dr. Julien’s direction as the Executive Director of The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq (CMM), the CMM has grown to be one of the best tribal councils in Canada. He is Chair of the RCMP Divisional Aboriginal Advisory Committee on policing matters, and has been frequently invited to advise the office of the Auditor General on various Mi'kmaq matters and has appeared before several Parliamentary Standing Committees. Dr. Julien will receive his honorary degree on Friday, May 16 at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony.  

For more information, contact:
Suzanne Fougere
MSVU Public Affairs
Tel: (902) 457-6439
Cell: (902) 441-0505

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