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Celebrated volunteer to receive honorary degree

November 3, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Approx­i­mate­ly 4,200 stu­dents will grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to this fall, at con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­monies tak­ing place from Mon­day, Novem­ber 8, to Fri­day, Novem­ber 12. All cer­e­monies will be held in Con­vo­ca­tion Hall, 31 King’s Col­lege Cir­cle.

The Uni­ver­si­ty will also con­fer an hon­orary degree, rec­og­niz­ing extra­or­di­nary achieve­ment in com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice.

Dorothy Shoichet will be rec­og­nized for her lead­er­ship and tire­less vol­un­teer efforts, par­tic­u­lar­ly through her stead­fast com­mit­ment to edu­ca­tion and the arts. Her accom­plish­ments are of such excel­lence that they pro­vide, through exam­ple, inspi­ra­tion and lead­er­ship to the grad­u­ates of the Uni­ver­si­ty. She will speak at the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny to be held on Novem­ber 10.

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:

  • Mon­day, Novem­ber 8, 2010, 1 p.m.: Mar­la Sokolows­ki, U of T Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­fes­sor  in the Depart­ment of Biol­o­gy, and direc­tor of the life sci­ences divi­sion of the Acad­e­my of Sci­ences of the Roy­al Soci­ety of Cana­da
  • Mon­day, Novem­ber 8, 2010, 6 p.m.: Natal­ie Zemon Davis has been called “one of the great­est liv­ing his­to­ri­ans” and is the recip­i­ent of the 2010 Hol­berg Inter­na­tion­al Memo­r­i­al Prize. She is a U of T adjunct pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry and anthro­pol­o­gy, pro­fes­sor of medieval stud­ies and Senior Fel­low in the Cen­tre for Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture
  • Tues­day, Novem­ber 9, 2010, 11 a.m.: Jan­ice Gross Stein, U of T Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, and direc­tor of U of T’s Munk School of Glob­al Affairs is one of Canada’s most respect­ed experts on pol­i­tics and cur­rent affairs
  • Tues­day, Novem­ber 9, 2010, 6 p.m.: Cheryl Regehr, vice-provost for aca­d­e­m­ic pro­grams and U of T pro­fes­sor in the Fac­ul­ties of Social Work, Law, and the Insti­tute for Med­ical Sci­ences
  • Wednes­day, Novem­ber 10, 2010, 6 p.m.: Dorothy Cohen Shoichet*, a busi­ness leader best known for her tire­less vol­un­teer efforts and sup­port for edu­ca­tion and the arts
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 12, 2010, 9:30 a.m.: Lau­ra-Ann Petit­to, a renowned cog­ni­tive neu­ro­sci­en­tist, U of T pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy, Senior Sci­en­tist, and Direc­tor  “Genes, Brain, and Mind Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Lab­o­ra­to­ry for Lan­guage, Bilin­gual­ism, and Child Devel­op­ment”
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 12, 2010, 2 p.m.: Rose­mary Sul­li­van, U of T pro­fes­sor and Cana­da Research Chair in Cre­ative Non-Fic­tion and Bio­graph­i­cal Stud­ies is found­ing direc­tor of the MA pro­gram in Eng­lish in the field of cre­ative writ­ing

* Hon­orary Grad­uand

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