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University of Toronto celebrates esteemed honorary graduates

November 6, 2015

TORONTO, ON – More than 4,700 students will graduate from the University of Toronto at convocation ceremonies taking place from Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13 in Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle on the University’s downtown campus. Up to 13,000 people are expected to visit the University during convocation.

As part of fall convocation, U of T will confer honorary degrees on two prominent scientists: Nobel laureate Paul Nurse and renowned epidemiologist Sir Richard Peto.

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

The schedule of ceremonies with honorary graduates is as follows:

  • Monday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduand Sir Paul Nurse. He is renowned for his landmark contributions to cell biology, and his leadership of some of the world’s most prestigious research organizations. His role in identifying the protein molecules that control the division of cells earned him the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with Lee Hartwell and Tim Hunt. Their breakthrough discovery has led to significant advances in medicine, biology and cancer research over the past 25 years. Nurse was president of the Rockefeller University from 2003 to 2010, and currently serves as president of the Royal Society and director and chief executive of the Francis Crick Institute in London.
  • Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m., honorary graduand Sir Richard Peto. Over the past 20 years, Sir Richard Peto of the University of Oxford has been the most influential epidemiologist in the world. His studies on tobacco and chronic disease risk factors, large-scale clinical trials and meta-analyses have directly contributed to improved patient care in Canada and around the world. Peto has conducted many large randomized trials of now commonly-used treatments, and several large collaborative meta-analyses of all available trials that have changed worldwide practice in a number of areas, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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