More than 1,200 Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Receive Degrees

Carleton University will present an honorary degree to astronaut, aquanaut, pilot, physician, scientist and CEO, Dafydd Rhys (Dave) Williams at its fall convocation ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, when more than 1,200 students will receive degrees.

Dr. Dave Williams will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the 4 p.m. ceremony, “in recognition of his contributions to space medical research and space exploration, and his leadership in promoting and enhancing the health of astronauts.”

Williams has flown to space twice, once on the space shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavour, logging over 13,000,000 km in space and over 17 hours of spacewalks. He holds the Canadian spacewalking record and was the first Canadian to have lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

Williams was an emergency physician in Toronto prior to being selected as an astronaut by the Canadian Space Agency in 1992. After his first spaceflight in 1998, he was chosen to be the Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, while concurrently serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Spaceflight at NASA Headquarters. After retiring from the space program, he became CEO at Southlake Regional Health Centre and is now the CEO of Leap Biosystems.

Media are invited to attend the 4 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 12 at the Fieldhouse. All three ceremonies will be broadcast online via live streaming at

Media Contact:

Tara Jackson 
Manager, Communications
Carleton University

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 in
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