April 26 , 2006

Honorary degree recipients for spring convocation

Hamilton, ON - Bob Rae, the former Ontario premier, Pat Quinn, the NHL hockey coach, M.G. Vassanji, the Giller prize-winning author, and philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski are among those being awarded honorary degrees at McMaster University’s spring convocation.

Nearly 4,000 students will graduate at convocation ceremonies in May and June this year.  Honorary degree recipients are recognized for their contributions in such areas as public service, education and scholarship, creative and performing arts, and for their work within the McMaster community.

Convocation will take place at the Great Hall, Hamilton Place, unless otherwise noted below. Where two or more people are listed as honorary degree recipients, an asterisk indicates the recipient will address convocation.


Divinity College

Tuesday, May 16, 8 p.m. (Convocation Hall, McMaster University)

    • Rev. Jim Reese, pastor Emeritus of Baptist Church in Kitchener, and recipient of Caring Canadian Award, Doctor of Divinity (DD)


Faculty of Health Sciences

Friday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.

  • * Ronald Bayne, Professor Emeritus of medicine McMaster University, Doctor of Sciences (D. Sc.)

  • Charles & Margaret Juravinski, entrepreneurs and philanthropists research and education, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Faculty of Science

Monday, June 5, 2:30 p.m. 

  • Douglas Coleman, researcher, Doctor of Science (D. Sc.)


Faculty of Humanities and Arts & Science Program

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.

  • M.G. Vassanji, author and Giller Prize winner, Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.)


Faculty of Business

Tuesday, June 6, 2006, 2:30 p.m.

  • Milli Gould, created Milli fashion boutique bringing Hamilton to the forefront of fashion, Doctor of Laws (LLD)

  • * Ed Buffett, co-founder Buffett Taylor & Associates, a consulting firm, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Faculty of Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Geography & Geology, Indigenous Studies, Labour Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Work & Society)

Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Bob Rae, former premier of Ontario, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Faculty of Social Sciences (Communication Studies, Gerontology, Health Studies, Human Bio Dynamics, Indigenous Studies, Kinesiology, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Practice and Sociology)

Thursday, June 8, 2:30 p.m. 

  • Pat Quinn, hockey coach, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


School of Nursing

Friday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Michele Landsberg, journalist, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Faculty of Engineering

Friday, June 9, 2:30 p.m.

  • Don Pether, president and CEO of Dofasco, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


McMaster University’s guidelines for the awarding of honorary degrees are available at: http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/HonoraryDegrees.pdf

McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university, fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University, one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100 universities in the world, has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 115,000 in 128 countries.