More than 1,300 Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Receive Degrees

Carleton University will present an honorary degree to renowned Indigenous judge, lawyer and advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond at its Fall Convocation ceremonies taking place on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, when more than 1,300 students will receive degrees.

“We all look forward to celebrating the significant achievements of our graduates and to honour their years of dedication and hard work as they join the wonderful community of Carleton’s alumni,” says President Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

“We are excited to also bestow an honorary degree on a truly extraordinary Carleton alumna in recognition of her immense impact as a judge and advocate for children’s rights. I know we will all take inspiration from Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.”

There will be two ceremonies at the University Fieldhouse. The morning ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

Media are invited to attend. The ceremonies will be broadcast online via live streaming at

Contact for availability of the honorary degree recipient and afternoon speaker.

Saturday, Nov. 9, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony

Turpel-Lafond will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to improving supports for Indigenous people and addressing the needs of children and youth involved in the justice system.

Her story is a compelling one. From a childhood of poverty and violence, she went on to earn a BA at Carleton, a law degree from Osgoode Hall, a master’s degree in international law from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate of law from Harvard Law School. Her career has focused on helping to protect children and youth.

Saturday, Nov. 9, at the 2 p.m. ceremony

Lenore Fahrig, Chancellor’s Professor in Carleton’s Department of Biology, will address  graduands at the afternoon ceremony. Fahrig’s work has created paradigm shifts in research on habitat connectivity and fragmentation, road ecology and sustainable agriculture.

She is a trailblazer in these fields, with one of the highest citation rates in ecology, including the world’s most-cited paper on habitat fragmentation. She is a highly influential and internationally renowned researcher in conservation ecology and her contributions have helped define the field of landscape ecology.

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Elizabeth Murphy
Communications Co-ordinator
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8834

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