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Who deserves the next honorary degree?

Concordia wants your nominations
December 15, 2014
By Danielle Tessier

Sister Jacqueline St-Yves of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns), receiving an honorary doctorate Sister Jacqueline St-Yves of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns), receives an honorary doctorate. | Photo: Concordia University

The Honorary Degree and Convocation Committee (HDCC) is seeking nominations for spring 2015 honorary degree candidates. All nominations will be screened by the HDCC and approved by the Board of Governors upon recommendation of the Senate.

Nominees should have sufficient stature and recognition to ensure that the awarding of an honorary degree brings credit to Concordia and to the academic community as a whole, while upholding the values that lead to the advancement of learning and to the pursuit of greater knowledge. HDCC will review the nominations to ensure the candidates meet one or more of the following criteria: eminence in a field of activity or profession, outstanding public or community service, or significant connection or benefaction to the university.

Honorary degrees will not be given to current members of the Board of Governors; their family members; current members of the Board of Directors; employees of the Concordia University Foundation, eConcordia or KnowledgeOne; or to current members of the Concordia community. Moreover, honorary degrees are usually not given to holders of public office.

Before submitting a nomination, it is important to read the Guidelines for the Awarding of Honorary Degrees.

The completed and signed nomination form should be submitted to Danielle Tessier, HDCC secretary, preferably via email attachment at or by regular mail to:

Danielle Tessier
HDCC Secretary
Room GM-801-43, Guy-Metro Building, 1550 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Sir George Williams Campus

While nominations are welcome throughout the year, please note that in order for them to be considered for this spring, they must be received no later than February 20, 2015.

Recent recipients of honorary doctorates include Sister Jacqueline St-Yves of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns); Michael Sabia, president and CEO of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; and Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation.

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