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Renowned author to receive honorary degree

January 21, 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 11 honorary degrees, recognizing extraordinary achievements in community, national and international service.

Acclaimed Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill, Reform Party founder Preston Manning and former Deputy Prime Minister John Manley are among this year’s honorary graduates, a group of individuals whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University. 

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 the convocation ceremony to be held on June 15th.

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:  

  • Thursday, June 3, 2010, 10:00 a.m.: Preston Manning, member of Parliament from 1993-2001 and founder of the Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance;
  • Monday, June 7, 2010, 9:30 a.m.: 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;
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2:00 p.m.: Mary Anne Chambers, former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Children and Youth Services;
  • Thursday, June 10, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: Richard M.H. Alway, former President of the University St. Michael’s College at U of T and current President of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies;
  • Friday, June 11, 2010, 2:30 p.m.: 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, 10:00 a.m.: 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.: Charles S. Pachter, one of Canada’s most identifiable and influential visual artists;
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:00 a.m.: 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.: John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister and 2007 Chair of the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan;
  • Thursday, June 17. 2:30 p.m.: Marie Sanderson, a leading scholar in the field of Canadian climatology, in particular the effect of climate change on the Great Lakes watershed;
  • Date TBD: Dorothy Shoichet, a patron of the arts and education.


For more information, please contact:

Media Relations
University of Toronto