Carleton University today conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Michel Gaulin in recognition of his extraordinary career as a distinguished professor, graduate adviser and examiner.
Gaulin was honoured during Carleton’s Spring Convocation. Approximately 3,580 students received their degrees during ceremonies this week.
“This is your day and we are very proud of what you have achieved,” said Gaulin. “We live in difficult times and what you have achieved here will serve you in good stead as you make your own way through society. We certainly wish you the very best in your endeavours.”
Born in Ottawa, Gaulin was raised as a francophone, attending French schools and speaking French at home. He was eventually accepted to the University of Ottawa for a four-year high school diploma leading to university studies and received his undergraduate degree in 1961. He completed a master’s in French language and French Canadian literature at the Université de Montréal.
In 1967, after six years of teaching and pursuing a PhD at Harvard, Gaulin joined Carleton as an associate professor. He went on to become a full professor and in 2003 was named professor emeritus of Carleton’s French Department.
Gaulin received Carleton’s Founders Award in 2015 for his contributions to French education.
“I have had the privilege of getting to know him personally, and maybe the simplest way to describe his countless qualities is by two words: committed and caring,” said Matthias Neufang, dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. “He has been committed to Carleton through 50 years of dedicated service.”
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