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Richard Alway to receive honorary degree at U of T

June 7, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to will hon­our Dr. Richard Alway, for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­si­ty St. Michael’s Col­lege at U of T, on Thurs­day, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. with an with an hon­orary doc­tor of laws degree in recog­ni­tion of his dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and his excep­tion­al con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­di­an cul­tur­al and com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions.

Dr. Alway is a past War­den of Hart House at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and past Pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege.  Cur­rent­ly, he is Pres­i­dent of the Pon­tif­i­cal Insti­tute of Medi­ae­val Stud­ies. In 1986 Dr. Alway was appoint­ed by Order in Coun­cil as Act­ing Direc­tor and Chair­man of the Nation­al Gallery of Cana­da where he helped lead the con­struc­tion phase of the new gallery build­ing in Ottawa. While in this role, he was also appoint­ed Chair­man and C.E.O. of the Ontario Her­itage Foun­da­tion, the province’s lead agency for archi­tec­tur­al, archae­o­log­i­cal, and nat­ur­al her­itage, a post he held for two three-year terms.

Dr. Alway was appoint­ed as a Mem­ber of the Order of Cana­da in 1989 in recog­ni­tion of his work in edu­ca­tion­al, cul­tur­al and ecu­meni­cal affairs.  He was pro­mot­ed with­in the Order in 1998 and cur­rent­ly holds the rank of Offi­cer of the Order of Cana­da. He was appoint­ed to the Order of Ontario in 2001.

Mem­bers of the media are invit­ed to attend the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny, but seat­ing is very lim­it­ed and advance con­fir­ma­tion of atten­dance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media rela­tions at 416–978-0100 no lat­er than 3 p.m. on Wednes­day, June 9.

WHAT:           Dr. Richard Alway to receive hon­orary degree at spring con­vo­ca­tion.

WHEN:          Thurs­day, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no lat­er than 2:15 p.m. to ensure seat­ing.

WHERE:        Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Con­vo­ca­tion Hall, 31 King’s Col­lege Cir­cle.


For more infor­ma­tion and to RSVP:

con­tact media rela­tions at 416–978-0100