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Media Advisory - Queen's University honours seven new honorary degree recipients

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

KINGSTON – The Class of 2018 will be returning to campus with their families and friends starting this week as Spring Convocation ceremonies get underway on Thursday, May 24. With 21 ceremonies in total, the celebrations will continue until Wednesday, June 6.


  • Phil Gold, DSc, Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre at the Montreal General Hospital, Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Oncology at McGill University, Thursday, May 24 at 2:30 pm.
  • Isabel Bassett, LLD, former chair and CEO of TVOntario, Member of Provincial Parliament, Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, Friday, May 25 at 4 pm.
  • Indira Samarasekera, DSc, former President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, former Vice-President (Research) at the University of British Columbia, Thursday, May 31 at 4 pm.
  • Valerie Tarasuk, DSc, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Friday, June 1 at 10 am.
  • John Baird (Artsci’92), LLD, former Member of Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Friday, June 1 at 2:30 pm.
  • Hugh Segal, LLD, Principal of Massey College former Associate Cabinet Secretary (Federal-Provincial Affairs), Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Monday, June 4 at 10 am.
  • Douglas Cardinal, LLD, award-winning architect, Wednesday, June 6 at 2:30 pm.

For more information on each of the nominees visit the Queen’s Gazette website.


Media opportunities will take place one hour prior to each ceremony in Kingston Hall, Room 308. Each interview period will last 30 minutes. All honorary degree ceremonies will take place in Grant Hall.

Media interested in an attending are asked to contact Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Dave Rideout at 613-533-6000 ext. 79648 or dave.rideout@queensu.ca.