Ten degrees of convocation

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By Heather Travis
Friday, June 11, 2010
Families and friends will be snapping photos and beaming with pride as they watch the sea of black gowns cross the stage in Alumni Hall during The University of Western Ontario's 295th Convocation ceremonies June 14-18.
 
After several years of hard work and dedication, close to 6,400 students representing every province and territory in Canada will receive degrees throughout the week. Details about the convocation ceremonies, accessibility services, a graduation day checklist and services after graduation are available at http://convocation.uwo.ca/.
 
Watch the live broadcast of the ceremony at http://communications.uwo.ca/video_broadcast.html.
 
Click here to find campus maps.
 
Guests are encouraged to park at the Althouse College parking lot.  Parking in this lot will be free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  Shuttle service from the parking lot to Alumni Hall will be provided at no charge. Shuttle services runs to and from Althouse 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., June 14-18. More information about visitor parking can be found on Parking Services website at http://www.uwo.ca/parking/.
 
The order of ceremonies is as follows:
 
Monday, June 14
 
10 a.m. – Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Don Wright Faculty of Music, and School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Playwright Paul Thompson will receive a Doctor of Literature, honoris causa (D.Litt.) during the ceremony. Considered a leader of the cultural Nationalist movement in Canadian theatre, Thompson is the co-founder of Toronto’s prestigious Theatre Passe Muraille and also served as Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada.  
 
3:30 p.m. – Faculty of Health Sciences (Nursing), Brescia University College, Huron University College and School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Nursing ethicist Janet Storch will be awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). The world’s foremost nursing ethicist, Storch is Professor Emeritus and former Professor and Director of the University of Victoria’s School of Nursing. She currently serves as Chair of Health Canada’s Research Ethics Board.
 
Tuesday, June 15
 
10 a.m. – Faculty of Health Sciences (except Nursing) and School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Western honours Gloria Gutman with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). An international authority in the field of gerontology, Gutman developed and directed both the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre and its Gerontology department from 1982 to 2005.  
 
3:30 p.m. – King’s University College and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Phil Fontaine receives a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). From 1997 to 2009, Fontaine served an unprecedented three terms in office as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. In 2009, he established Ishkonigan Inc., a consulting and mediation firm that provides professional management and advisory services to indigenous communities, governments and the private sector.
 
Wednesday, June 16
 
10 a.m. – Faculty of Social Science – Honors, fourth-year (excluding BMOS), Diplomas and Certificates (excluding Accounting), and School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Samantha Nutt, founder and executive director of War Child Canada, will receive an Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). Nutt is a medical doctor with more than 13 years of experience working in war zones. As the founder and executive director of War Child Canada, Nutt has spearheaded efforts to provide direct humanitarian support and long term programming to war-affected children and their families, and to promote greater awareness in Canada concerning the rights of children everywhere.
 
3:30 p.m. – Faculty of Engineering, Faulty of Science/Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – fourth-year BMSc programs, Faculty of Science – fourth year and third-year BSc and BA programs, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Alice Gast will be awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.). Gast, who specializes in surface science and interfacial phenomena, is a chemical engineer of international importance. She is the first female president in the history of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
 
Thursday, June 17
 
10 a.m. – Faculty of Social Science, BMOS programs, third-year BA (ACS) and Diploma in Accounting.
 
Jane Bigelow will be granted a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). The first woman to be elected Mayor of London (1972-78), Bigelow is now an active participant in a wide range of community organizations including the Sexual Assault Centre, the Society for Learning in Retirement and the Women’s History Project.
 
3:30 p.m. – Faculty of Science/Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – BMSc Honors programs, Faculty of Science – BSc and BA Honors programs and School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
A Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) will be bestowed to Dr. Jim Silcox. A professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Silcox is the acting Associate Dean for Schulich’s Windsor Program. He was instrumental in the creation of the South Western Ontario Medical Education Network.  
 
Friday, June 18
 
10 a.m. – Faculty of Education and School of graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin will be given a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). Martin was the 21st Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and the Federal Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002. During his tenure as Minister of Finance, he erased a $42-billion deficit in four years, subsequently recording five consecutive budget surpluses. Currently, he leads The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative which aims at reducing the Aboriginal youth dropout rate and at increasing the number of Aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions.
 
3:30 p.m. – Faculty of Law, Richard Ivey School of Business, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (DDS) and School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
 
Arkadi Kuhlmann will be awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.). Kuhlmann is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ING Direct Bancorp, the parent company of ING DIRECT in the United States. With over 20 years of executive experience, Kuhlmann is considered one of the world’s most important business thinkers, putting forward new approaches to business strategies and management.
 
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