SEAN TOWNSEND - 24 April 2019

U of A names honorary degree recipients for 2019 spring convocation.

A World Food Prize winner, a respected Cree Elder and a pioneering cancer researcher are among 13 exceptional individuals who will receive honorary degrees at the University of Alberta's graduation ceremonies this June.

"Honorary degrees celebrate both established and emerging leaders who have had a transformative impact in local, national and international communities" said U of A chancellor Douglas Stollery. "I am hopeful that our honorary degree recipients for spring convocation may inspire our graduates to go on to do great things."

Carol Cass, professor emerita of oncology and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the U of A, has made lasting contributions to cancer research and treatment. Her basic research on nucleosides has translated into better use of these molecules in cancer treatments. As chair of the U of A's oncology department, she oversaw its growth from less than 40 to more than 100 faculty members and oversaw the development of research and postgraduate training programs. She has also served as director of the Cross Cancer Institute and vice-president of the former Alberta Cancer Board. Her achievements have been recognized by many awards, including election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2018, she received the Alberta Medical Association's Medal of Honour for contributions to quality health care in Alberta.

Carol Cass will receive an honorary doctor of science degree June 11 at 10 a.m.