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University of Toronto honours extraordinary achievements

May 26, 2011

TORONTO, ON Approximately 12,500 students will graduate from the University of Toronto at convocation ceremonies taking place from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday June 17 in Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

The University will also confer 15 honorary degrees on outstanding scholars, innovative thinkers, extraordinary public servants and leading philanthropists.

Honorary graduates include: The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Canada’s 21st Prime Minister; Koh Yong Guan, High Commissioner of Singapore to Canada; Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children; Dr. Sonia Labatt and Arthur Labatt, distinguished philanthropists and volunteers; acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell; Nandan Nilekani co-founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd.; and Cambridge Professor Michael Lapidge, one of the world’s foremost scholars in medieval studies.

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 ceremonies is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 2:30 p.m. Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2:30 p.m. Mladen Vranic, University of Toronto Professor Emeritus and pioneering researcher into glucose metabolism, exercise, hypoglycemia and stress
  • Thursday, June 2, 2011, 2:30 p.m. John H. Daniels, architect and distinguished philanthropist
  • Friday, June 3, 2011, 10:00 a.m., Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Monday, June 6, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Koh Yong Guan, Singapore’s High Commissioner to Canada
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2 p.m. Craig and Marc Kielburger, humanitarians and social activists
  • Friday, June 10, 2011, 10:00 a.m. David M. and J. Moffat Dunlap, leading philanthropists and volunteers
  • Friday, June 10, 2011, 2:30 p.m. Michael Lapidge, professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge and renowned medieval scholar
  • Monday, June 13, 2011, 2:30 p.m. Arthur and Sonia Labatt, leading philanthropists and volunteers
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 10:00 a.m. Malcolm Gladwell, author of bestselling books such as Blink and Outliers
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 10 a.m. Anne Sado, President of George Brown College
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 2:30 p.m. Bert Orland Wasmund, director of Hatch Ltd. and renowned expert on engineering management and metallurgical processes.

For more information, please contact:

University of Toronto media relations