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University of Toronto celebrates esteemed honorary graduates

June 1, 2015

TORONTO, ON – More than 13,000 students will graduate from the University of Toronto at convocation ceremonies taking place from Tuesday, June 2 to Friday, June 19 in Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle on the University’s downtown campus.

More than 44,000 people are expected to visit the University during convocation.

As part of spring convocation, U of T will be conferring honorary degrees on prominent leaders in science, film, politics, sport – and more.

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:

  • Tuesday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduand Arnold Aberman; U of T professor emeritus and senior administrator who transformed Toronto’s teaching hospitals
  • Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m., honorary graduand Bob MacDonald, renowned science journalist and host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks
  • Wednesday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduands Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi, Italian filmmaking duo known the world over for the Academy Award-winning Life is Beautiful (NOTE: PHOTOS ONLY)
  • Friday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m., honorary graduand Paul Volcker, U.S. economist credited with ending America’s spiralling economy in the 1980s
  • Tuesday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduand Abigail Hoffman, four-time Olympic track athlete who revolutionized women’s sport in Canada
  • Thursday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduand Frank McKenna, former New Brunswick premier who led the province to unprecedented growth and prosperity between 1987 and 1997
  • Friday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m., honorary graduand Jan Gehl, award-winning Danish architect and urban designer who has transformed urban environments in cities like Copenhagen, London and New York
  • Friday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduand Chantal Petitclerc, 14-time Paralympic Games gold medalist in wheelchair racing and Right to Play ambassador
  • Monday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m., honorary graduand Alfred Aho, world-leading computer scientist known for groundbreaking research on programming languages and algorithms
  • Wednesday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m., honorary graduand Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen Fund and global thought leader on aid in developing countries
  • Friday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m., honorary graduand Maria Klawe, renowned computer scientist and mathematician, and international advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math

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