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Queen’s University Senate votes to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary degree

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

KINGSTON – The Queen’s University Senate voted today to revoke the Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) awarded to the Burmese/Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1995.

Today’s vote was called after careful review of evidence available to the university concerning the ongoing situation in Myanmar, and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to live up to her commitment or avail herself of opportunities to speak in defense of the Rohingya people. This is a significant action; Queen’s has never before rescinded an Honorary Degree since it began awarding them 146 years ago.

Queen’s awards honorary degrees annually in accordance with established policy and with careful thought and review. These honours are conferred on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society on a national or international scale. 

The number of recipients varies each year, but usually ranges between several to a dozen or more people for both spring and fall convocations. The University can grant honorary degrees for Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), and Doctor of Divinity (D.D.).