May 27, 2004

Canadian musicians Daniel Lanois and Jeff Healy among honorary degree recipients at McMaster Spring Convocation

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McMaster honorary degree recipients for spring 2004 convocation: (from top, left to right) Daniel Lanois, Hugh Fraser, Edward Minich, Arthur Weisz, The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Herbert Schreiber, Ferguson Jenkins Jr., Jeff Healey, Kenneth Hill, Julie Payette, Michael Goodchild, Ann Oaks.

Hamilton, ON - Canadian musical icons Daniel Lanois and Jeff Healy, former federal cabinet minister The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, and astronaut Julie Payette, the first Canadian to board the International Space Station, are among the distinguished recipients who will be given honorary degrees at McMaster University’s Spring Convocation ceremonies.

These prominent Canadians will share their words of wisdom, and their music, with members of McMaster’s 2004 graduating class of more than 3,000 students during convocation ceremonies to take place June 2 to 4 at the Great Hall, Hamilton Place.

The honorary degree recipients are honoured for their contributions in areas such as public service, education and scholarship, creative and performing arts and the McMaster community. (The asterisk denotes Convocation speaker.)

Humanities and Arts & Science – Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 9:30 a.m.
Grammy-winning musician/producer Daniel Lanois, Doctor of Letters* (performing)
Vancouver jazz musician Hugh Fraser, Doctor of Letters

Business – Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 2:30 p.m.
President and CEO of Otis Elevator Edward Minich, Doctor of Laws*
Arthur Weisz, Chairman of Effort Trust Company, Doctor of Laws

Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication Studies, Indigenous Studies, Economics, Geography (undergraduate only), Labour Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Work & Society) – Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:30 a.m.
Former federal cabinet minister The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Doctor of Laws*
Roofing industry leader Herbert Schreiber, Doctor of Laws

Social Sciences (Communication Studies, Gerontology, Health Studies, Human Bio Dynamics, Indigenous Studies, Kinesiology, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work, Social Work Practice and Sociology) – Thursday, June 3, 2004, 2:30 p.m.
Baseball hall of fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins Jr., Doctor of Laws
Juno-winning guitarist Jeff Healey, Doctor of Letters* (performing)

Engineering – Friday, June 4, 2004, 9:30 a.m.
Executive director of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program Kenneth Hill, Doctor of Science
Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, Doctor of Science*

Science – Friday, June 4, 2004, 2:30 p.m.
McMaster University graduate and professor of geography at University of California, Santa Barbara Michael Goodchild, Doctor of Science*
Internationally known plant biologist Ann Oaks, Doctor of Science

Convocation ceremonies for Divinity College and the Faculty of Health Sciences were held in May.

Divinity College – Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 8 p.m. (Ceremony takes place at Convocation Hall.) Canadian Christian education pioneer Henry De Bolster, Doctor of Divinity*
President of the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance Audrey Morikawa, Doctor of Divinity

Health Sciences – Friday, May 14, 2004, 2:30 p.m.
His Highness Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, Doctor of Laws* Former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Jack Laidlaw, Doctor of Science

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