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Former U.S. President and first lady to receive honorary degrees at fall convocation

[Former U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter]Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and her husband Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, will receive honorary degrees from Queen's in November.

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, and his wife Rosalynn, a renowned advocate for mental health research, will accept honorary degrees from Queen’s in Kingston on November 21.

“It is an honour to have President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter accept these honorary degrees from Queen’s, and visit our campus to do so,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “The Carters have made an enormous impact not only on the political stage, but in terms of their philanthropic and advocacy work in areas such as housing and mental health. They are wonderful examples of the same qualities that characterize the Queen’s spirit and I’m sure their presence at convocation will be a memorable experience for everyone.”

Jimmy Carter was president from 1977-1981 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. The Carters founded the Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization aimed at advancing human rights, in 1982. President Carter has received several honorary degrees, but this marks his first from a Canadian university.

The Carters will receive their degrees on November 21 at the morning ceremony at Grant Hall. For more information about convocation ceremonies visit the Office of the University Registrar website.