Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degree Recipient

A University of Alberta honorary degree is intended to recognize and honor outstanding individuals whose significant achievements and contributions are worthy of the university’s highest honor. The awarding of an honorary degree is intended to encourage a standard of excellence which is exemplary to students and to society. Honorary degree recipients embody the university’s vision to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship in a creative community.

2018 recipients

June 3, 2:30 p.m. (Augustana Campus in Camrose)
Dr. Nettie Wiebe, LLD

June 5, 3 p.m.
Ms. Louise Bradley, LLD

June 6, 10 a.m.
Dr. France Levasseur-Ouimet, DLitt

June 6, 3 p.m.
Mr. Mark Rowswell, DLitt

June 7, 10 a.m.
Dr. David Suzuki, DSc

June 7, 3 p.m.
Dr. Brian Cox, DSc

June 8, 10 a.m.
Dr. C. David Naylor, DSc

June 8, 3 p.m.
Graduation speaker
Ms. Carolyn Campbell, Deputy City Manager, 
Chief of Communications & Engagement, City of Edmonton

June 12, 10 a.m.
Mr. David Matas, LLD

June 12, 3 p.m.
Dr. Rajinder Pannu, LLD

June 13, 10 a.m.
Dr. Ralph Haas, DSc

June 13, 3 p.m.
Mr. Stephen Kakfwi, LLD

June 14, 10 a.m.
Right Honourable Helen Clark, LLD

June 14, 3 p.m.
Ms. Nahlah Ayed

Biographies of each of the 2018 honorary degree recipients can be found on Folio»

Past recipients

The tradition of granting honorary degrees at the University of Alberta dates back to the first Convocation in 1908. The complete listing of honorary degrees granted is published in the University Calendar and on the Senate website.

About Honorary Degrees

Conferred honoris causa, "for the sake of honor," honorary degrees are awarded as one of three types:

  • Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
  • Doctor of Letters, honoris causa
  • Doctor of Science, honoris causa

The PhD is granted only as an earned degree.

Honorary degrees are generally awarded for one of three reasons: to recognize extraordinary intellectual or artistic achievement; to honor service to the university and to the wider society; and to recognize men and women who might serve as examples to the institution's student body. An honorary degree, it is said, honours both the grantee and the spirit of the institution.

Additional information regarding honorary degrees and the University Senate can be found in the Honorary Degrees section of the Senate website.