Honorary Degree from Carleton University
June 8th, 2016
The former Senators captain, known for his volunteer work with the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, was bestowed with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the ceremony.
The degree gives Alfredsson the right to the honorific of “doctor.” The Latin term “honoris causa” means “for the sake of the honor.” Recipients don’t have to complete any of the academic requirements for the degree.
Conferring honorary degrees gives Carleton “an opportunity to convey to the world our values and principles by recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of exceptional individuals” and also to provide graduates with role models and meaningful messages, according to the university.
Nominations come from the university community, including faculty, students, staff alumni and board members.
More than 4,300 Carleton undergraduate and graduate students received graduate degrees at the convocation ceremonies, which continue to June 10.
Gail Asper, president and trustee of The Asper Foundation, which led the drive to establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, received an honorary degree at the same ceremony.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife Sharon were recognized at the morning ceremony, both for their service to Canada at Rideau Hall and for their careers — Sharon for rehabilitation science, child psychiatry and as an author, and David for his work as an educator and post-secondary leader.
Other honorary degree recipients at spring convocation included Jodi White, who has been a journalist, prime minister’s chief of staff under Kim Campbell and president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum; Margaret Bloodworth, national security adviser to former prime minister Stephen Harper; internationally acclaimed designer Karim Rashid; Peter Coughlin, co-founder of Redbourne Properties Inc., which manages a real estate portfolio of over five million square feet; John Ruddy, founder of the Trinity Development Group and managing partner of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group; Tom Jenkins, chairman of OpenText Corporation; Bonnie Patterson, former president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities; John Daniel O’Leary, former president of Frontier College; Barbara McInnes, long-time president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa; author Jane Urquhart; and visual artist Tony Urquhart.
Courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen
Published on: June 7, 2016 | Last Updated: June 7, 2016 6:31 PM EDT