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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.

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For more information and to RSVP:

contact media relations at 416-978-0100