May 3 , 2007

McMaster announces honorary degree recipients

Hamilton, ON - A noted crime writer, a renowned AIDS activist and the UN Under-Secretary-General are among those being awarded honorary degrees at McMaster University’s spring convocation.

Approximately 5,000 students will graduate 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.

Please note: Convocation will take place at 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 15, 8 p.m. (Convocation Hall, McMaster University)

              ?Dr. Paul R. Stevens, professor emeritus of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College in Vancouver, Doctor of Divinity (DD) 


Faculty of Health Sciences

Friday, May 18, 2:30 p.m.

              ?Dr. Nelson Sewankambo, HIV/AIDS activist, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Faculty of Humanities

Monday, June 4, 9:30 a.m.

              ?Norma Bidwell, retired journalist and author, Doctor of Laws (LLD)

              ?Howard Engel, noted crime writer, Doctor of Letters (D.LETT.)*


Faculty of Business

Monday, June 4, 3:00 p.m.

              ?Wayne Fox, retired senior executive, CIBC, Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Arts and Science Program & Faculty of Science (Biology, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Life Science, Molecular Biology, Psychology)

Tuesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m.

              ?Dr. Norma Allewell, biochemist and molecular biophysicist, Doctor of Science (D. Sc.)*

              ?William J. Cody, botanist and Honorary Research Associate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Doctor of Science (D. Sc.)


Faculty of Science

Tuesday, June 5, 2:30 p.m.

?Dr. William Unruh, physicist, Doctor of Science (D. Sc.)


Faculty of Social Sciences (Gerontology, Health Studies, Human Bio Dynamics, Kinesiology, Political Science, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work, Social Work Practice, Sociology)

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

              ?Dr. Hans Van Ginkel, UN Under-Secretary-General, Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Faculty of Social Sciences (Graduands in a single or combined program with majors in all other Social Sciences programs not named above)

Wednesday, June 6, 2:30 p.m.

              ?Dr. Bartha Knoppers, genetics & ethics researcher, Doctor of Laws (LLD)

School of Nursing

Thursday, June 7, 9:30 a.m.

              ?Dorothy Hall, pioneer in primary health care nursing, Doctor of Laws (LLD)

              ?Carolyn Milne, president and CEO, Hamilton Community Foundation, Doctor of Laws (LLD)*


Faculty of Engineering

Thursday, June 7, 2:30 p.m.

              ?Dr. Donald Woods, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at McMaster University, Doctor of Science (D. Sc.)

McMaster University’s guidelines for the awarding of honorary degrees are available at