Students celebrate during Convocation

Carleton to Bestow Two Honorary Degrees during Fall Convocation

Nearly 1,000 Carleton Students to Graduate

Carleton University will present two honorary degrees, to Herman Van Rompuy and Shelagh Rogers, at its Fall Convocation ceremonies taking place on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

“This year’s inspiring honorary degree recipients are incredible role models for Carleton graduates,” said Carleton President Alastair Summerlee. “Their special contributions are exceptionally deserving of this recognition.”

Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees at University Fieldhouse. The morning ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m.

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Herman Van Rompuy

Nobel Laureate Herman Van Rompuy will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, in recognition of his extraordinary  contributions to world peace through the arts of compromise and consensus, his fine scholarship and writing, and his much celebrated work in international economic governance, national and global, political leadership.

Van Rompuy was the 49th prime minister of Belgium and the first full-time president of the European Council, the institution of the European Union (EU).

Shelagh Rogers

Rogers will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Canadian culture, Indigenous relations and advocacy for support of people struggling with mental health.

A veteran broadcast journalist, she is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, an award-winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada.

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Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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