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Renowned author Lawrence Hill to receive honorary degree

May 28, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Approximately 11,500 students will graduate from the University of Toronto this spring at convocation ceremonies taking place from Wednesday, June 2, to Friday, June 18. All ceremonies will be held in Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.   

The University will also confer nine honorary degrees, recognizing extraordinary achievements in community, national and international service. 

Acclaimed Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill, philosopher Ian Hacking and former Deputy Prime Minister John Manley are among this year’s honorary graduates, a group of individuals whose accomplishments are of such distinction that they provide, by example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the university.  

At each convocation ceremony an honorary graduate, esteemed alumni or prominent member of the U of T community will address graduating students and their guests. 

Lawrence Hill will be recognized for his contributions to Canadian literature, in particular through his exploration of race relations and humanitarian concerns. He will speak at a convocation ceremony on June 15. 

Members of the media are welcome to attend convocation ceremonies but are asked to confirm their attendance in advance by calling U of T media relations at 416-978-0100. 

The schedule of convocation speakers is as follows. Please note: * denotes honorary graduates. 

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Richard Reznick, R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto &  Vice President Education, University Health Network;
  • Thursday, June 3, 2010, 10 a.m.: Mr. Preston Manning*, member of Parliament from 1993-2001 and founder of the Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance;
  • Thursday, June 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: University Professor Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto literary theorist and accomplished writer;
  • Friday, June 4, 2010, 10 a.m.: Hon. Justice Stephen Goudge, Court of Appeal  for Ontario, professor, litigator and member of the Law Commission of Ontario’s board of governors;
  • Friday, June 4, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Professor Bruce Kidd, Olympic athlete, author and respected expert on Canadian and international sport policy;
  • Monday, June 7, 2010, 9:30 a.m.: Her Worship Hazel McCallion*, Mayor of the City of Mississauga since 1978 and tireless supporter of World Vision through her “Hazel’s Hope” charity for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa;
  • Monday, June 7, 2010, 2 p.m.: Professor Abdallah S. Daar, University of Toronto professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery; Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto, Chief Science and Ethics Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board Grand Challenges Canada;
  • Monday, June 7, 2010, 5 p.m.: Mr. Robert Fotheringham, celebrated business leader and current Senior Vice President, Trading, with TMX Group;
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Joseph Rotman, highly regarded business leader, philanthropist, honorary graduate of the University of Toronto and Officer of the Order of Canada;
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 9:30 a.m.: University Professor John Kennedy, distinguished psychologist and former Assistant Professor at Harvard University and current Professor of Psychology at UTSC;
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2 p.m.: Ms Mary Anne Chambers*, former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Children and Youth Services;
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 5 p.m.: Ms Lorraine McLachlan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Franchise Association;
  • Thursday, June 10, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Richard M. H. Alway*, former President of the University of St. Michael’s College at U of T and current President of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies;
  • Friday, June 11, 2010, 10 a.m.: Professor Roger Martin, professor of Strategic Management and Dean of the Rotman School of Management;
  • Friday, June 11, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Professor Scott D. Tremaine*, a Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study and one of Canada’s most distinguished astrophysicists;
  • Monday, June 14, 2010, 10 a.m.: University Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking*, a Professor Emeritus at U of T and one of the foremost philosophers in the world;
  • Monday, June 14, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Mr. Charles S. Pachter*, one of Canada’s most identifiable and influential visual artists;
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10 a.m.: Mr. Lawrence Hill*, an acclaimed Canadian writer of fiction and non-fiction whose works explore the theme of race relations both in Canada and internationally;
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: The Honourable John Manley*, former Deputy Prime Minister and 2007 Chair of the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan;
  • Wednesday, June 16, 10 a.m.: Mr. George Roter, co-founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the group’s current co-CEO;
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2:30 p.m.: Professor Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and director of the newly-formed Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN);
  • Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m.: Dr. Avis Glaze, Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat;
  • Thursday, June 17. 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Marie Sanderson*, a distinguished scholar in the field of Canadian climatology, and a leading expert on the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes watershed. (Please note, Marie Sanderson’s honorary degree was conferred at a private ceremony in May. Her convocation address will be read by her daughter);
  • Friday, June 18, 10 a.m.: Dr. Charles E. Pascal, professor at the University of Toronto, and special advisor on Early Learning for the Government of Ontario


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