This spring, for the first time ever, MacEwan University will confer honorary doctorates during convocation.
“With our 50th anniversary approaching, it is the perfect moment in our history to add this new tradition that helps us to define and celebrate our values,” says Dr. Annette Trimbee, president and vice-chancellor.
An honorary doctorate is a ceremonial degree that universities confer, typically for the purpose of honouring outstanding members of the external community. MacEwan’s honorary doctorate is a Doctor of the University, honoris causa, and it will be granted to individuals from outside the institution who have had significant impact in their areas of expertise, and whose work and achievements embody the university’s values. Recipients may include academic luminaries, as well as athletes, Alberta community builders, performers, philanthropists and public intellectuals.
“Honorary doctorates provide us with an opportunity to build academic, professional and community relationships.” —Dr. Annette Trimbee
“We’re thrilled to be able to recognize those whose achievements have advanced their field or had an impact on their community,” says Dr. Trimbee. “Honorary doctorates provide us with an opportunity to build academic, professional and community relationships, and to promote inspiring role models to our students and our university community.”
Nominations for honorary doctorates are now open, and nominations will be accepted throughout the year; however, the deadline to nominate someone to receive an honorary doctorate at the 2021 Spring Convocation is April 18, 2021.
All members of the university community – faculty, staff, students and alumni – can submit honorary doctorate nominations. To view the criteria, process and nomination form, please visit MacEwan.ca/HonoraryDoctorate.
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