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Media Advisory - Honorary degree recipients recognized this week at Queen's University

Monday, November 13, 2017

KINGSTON – Queen’s University has revealed its honorary degree recipients for fall convocation and the list includes an author, a health educator, a businessman and a world-renowned pianist. To receive an honorary degree, the recipient must have made an outstanding contribution on a national or international scale. The contribution may have advanced the recipient’s field of work or discipline, or been to the benefit of community, society, or the university.


John A. Rae, Doctor of Laws LLD - Mr. Rae studied politics and economics at Queen’s, was the editor of the Queen’s Journal, and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Queen's University. Mr. Rae has made significant contributions to Canadian politics. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 am.

Oliver Theophilus Jones, Doctor of Laws LLD - A Juno award winner, Mr. Jones made his debut as a pianist at age five and was nine-years-old for his first night club appearance. In his 77-year career, he has released an impressive 25 albums and has been recognized with numerous awards including the Order of Quebec, the Order of Canada and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 pm.

Debbie Docherty, Doctor of Science DSc - Debbie Docherty studied at McMaster University and spent much of her career at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Late in her career she completed her Master of Social Work degree at McGill University. The experience of living with multiple sclerosis from age 38 and retirement at 55 encouraged her to engage in mentoring Queen’s students in occupational therapy, nursing, medicine and physiotherapy. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 pm.

David Bouchard, Doctor of Laws LLD - Mr. Bouchard is the recipient of numerous national and international literary accolades, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Silver Birch Award, and whose iconic work “If You’re Not From The Prairie” has been included in Maclean’s Magazine’s list of the top twenty children’s books in the history of Canada. Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 pm.


All ceremonies are being held in Grant Hall. The media is asked to confirm their attendance.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca