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Photo Opportunity: R.A. Dickey receives honorary doctorate from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto

May 9, 2013

TORONTO – Wycliffe Col­lege, an Angli­can sem­i­nary fed­er­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, will be hold­ing a pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ty with Toron­to Blue Jays pitch­er R.A. Dick­ey on May 13, 2013. Dick­ey will be receiv­ing an hon­orary doc­tor­ate at Wycliffe College’s Con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny. The pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ty will take place pri­or to grad­u­ate pro­ces­sion to the cer­e­mo­ny.


WHAT: Pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ty with Toron­to Blue Jays pitch­er R.A. Dick­ey in advance of Wycliffe Col­lege Con­vo­ca­tion (NOTE: There will be no oppor­tu­ni­ty for inter­views)


R.A. Dick­ey, Toron­to Blue Jays pitch­er

Grad­u­ates of Wycliffe Col­lege, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to

WHERE: Wycliffe Col­lege, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toron­to, ON

WHEN:  3:15 – 3:30 pm, Mon­day, May 13, 2013


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Office of the Prin­ci­pal
Wycliffe Col­lege

Hol­ly Gen­te­mann
Toron­to Blue Jays

Toron­to Blue Jays Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Depart­ment

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Media Rela­tions

Infor­ma­tion Sheet

What:  Wycliffe Col­lege Con­vo­ca­tion

Date: Mon­day May 13, 2013

Hon­ourary Degree Recip­i­ent: R.A. Dick­ey, Pitch­er, Toron­to Blue Jays

Degree: Doc­tor of Sacred Let­ters

Why: Mr. Dick­ey is an accom­plished ath­lete and human­i­tar­i­an. He is also a sur­vivor and has bold­ly told his sto­ry, with a com­mit­ted faith and a hum­ble heart. His exten­sive work to shed light on the issue of human traf­fick­ing is con­so­nant with Wycliffe College’s own pro­gram in Urban and Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment, grad­u­ates of which we hon­our this day also.

Wycliffe Col­lege: An Angli­can the­o­log­i­cal col­lege fed­er­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to

Num­ber of Grad­u­ates: 50

Degrees: Doc­tor of Min­istry, Doc­tor of The­ol­o­gy, Mas­ters of The­ol­o­gy, Mas­ters of Divin­i­ty, Mas­ters of Reli­gion, Mas­ters of The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies (Urban & Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment), Cer­tifi­cate of Angli­can Stud­ies, Diplo­ma in Chris­t­ian Stud­ies

Oth­er Infor­ma­tion:

Mr. Dick­ey, the 2012 Cy Young win­ner in the Nation­al League, is a mas­ter of the art of throw­ing the knuck­le­ball. His best-sell­ing auto­bi­og­ra­phy is called Wher­ev­er I Wind Up. Recent­ly, a climb of Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia, and a vis­it to Mum­bai have focused pub­lic atten­tion on the cause of oppos­ing human traf­fick­ing. “R.A. Dick­ey has com­bined per­son­al courage, Chris­t­ian faith, a glob­al heart for the most vul­ner­a­ble, and a writer’s gift. We are proud he will be our hon­ourary alum­nus.” said the Rev. Canon Dr. George Sum­n­er, Prin­ci­pal of Wycliffe Col­lege.

Along with Mr. Dick­ey, Wycliffe Col­lege will con­fer hon­ourary degrees to: Ms. Jen­nifer Harold, of World Vision Inter­na­tion­al (Doc­tor of Sacred Let­ters), and the Right Rev­erend Doc­tor Grant

LeMar­quand, Area Bish­op of the South­ern Horn of Africa (Doc­tor of Divin­i­ty), for their shared com­mit­ment to glob­al peace, jus­tice and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment. Wycliffe Col­lege is the largest the­o­log­i­cal Col­lege in North Amer­i­ca in the Angli­can tra­di­tion, which pre­pares men and women for min­istries in the Church, in inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment, and advanced the­o­log­i­cal schol­ar­ship.

“Receiv­ing a Doc­tor of Sacred Let­ters from an insti­tu­tion such as Wycliffe Col­lege is an hon­our and a bless­ing. I am tru­ly appre­cia­tive as it is impor­tant to me that the life I live is not lim­it­ed to the base­ball field, but extends to putting a name, a face, and a voice to so many of those in our com­mu­ni­ty and across the world who oth­er­wise are unable to do so them­selves.” R.A. Dick­ey, Pitch­er, Toron­to Blue Jays.