Spring 2016 honorary degree recipients

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By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Fourteen outstanding individuals will inspire and encourage McGill University’s graduating class of 2016, as they receive honorary degrees during spring convocation ceremonies. 

These newest honorees, seven men and seven women, represent a wide range of fields. They include the first woman to hold the position of Chief Justice, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin; philanthropist and founder of Dollarama, Larry Rossy, a well-known name in the retail sector; broadcast journalist Céline Galipeau who has shared some of the most important stories of our time with Canadian viewers; Vinton Cerf, known as one of the fathers of the Internet; along with other important figures in music, literature, agriculture and science.

“All of the individuals we are honoring this year have contributed significantly to their field,” says McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. “They are also dedicated to ensuring that society benefits from their important work.”

Principal Fortier will welcome the degree recipients in ceremonies on the main campus as well as at Macdonald campus on May 31st, June 1st, 2nd 3rd, 6th,7th and 8th.

The honorees are (full bios here) https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/spring-2016-hondoc-bios

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Health Sciences
Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (3 p.m.) – Music
Professor Susan McClary, Doctor of Music, honoris causa

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Management
Mr. Lawrence (Larry) G. Rossy, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (3 p.m.) – Law
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Thursday, June 2, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Engineering
Professor Henry Petroski, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Thursday, June 2, 2016 (3 p.m.) – Education
Ms. Céline Galipeau, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Friday, June 3, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ceremony ‘A’
Professor Ruth DeFries, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Friday, June 3, 2016 (2:30 p.m.) – Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ceremony ‘B’
Mrs. Maria Labrecque Duchesneau, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Monday, June 6, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Science, Ceremony ‘A’
Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Monday, June 6, 2016 (3 p.m.) – Science, Ceremony ‘B’
Professor Paul T. Anastas, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Arts, Ceremony ‘A’
Professor Sandra Djwa, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (3 p.m.) – Arts, Ceremony ‘B’
Professor Andreas Wimmer, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (10 a.m.) – Arts, Ceremony ‘C’
To be confirmed

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (6 p.m.) – Continuing Studies
Ms. Zita Cobb, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

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