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Canadian Excellence

Honorary Degree Recipients


from present to 1961

Beginning in 2009, several honorary degree recipients have graciously permitted the university to post the text of their convocation addresses.  Please click on the recipient's name to view the speech in .pdf form.

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Ursula Franklin
DSc June 2014
Brantford
Walter Gretzky
LLD
June 2014
Brantford
Adam Beach
DLitt
June 2014

Zacharias Kunuk
DLitt
June 2014
In absentia
Vincent Lam
DLitt
October 2013

Eileen Mercier
LLD
October 2013

Kim Pate
LLD
June 2013

Eric Walters
DLitt
June 2013

John Thompson
LLD
June 2013

Janina Fialkowska
DLitt
June 2013

Darrell Bricker
LLD
October 2012

Colm Feore
DLitt
October 2012

Sky-Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe
DLitt
June 2012
Brantford
Joseph Boyden
DLitt
June 2012
Brantford
Sean Conway
LLD
June 2012

Real C. Tanguay
LLD
June 2012

Dionne Brand
DLitt
June 2012

Panos M. Pardalos
DSc
June 2012

Margaret E. McCully
DSc
June 2012

James Campbell
LLD
June 2012

Lennox Lewis
LLD
October 2011

H. Fisk Johnson
LLD
June 2011
Brantford
Raffi Cavoukian
DLitt
June 2011

H. Fisk Johnson
LLD
June 2011
Brantford
Louise Arbour
LLD
June 2011

Romeo D'Allaire
DLitt
June 2011

Craig Kielburger
DLitt
June 2011

Marc Kielburger
DLitt
June 2011

Arthur Carty
DSc
June 2011

Neil Arya
DLitt
June 2011

Linda Hasenfratz
LLD
June 2011

Michael Pryse
DDiv
June 2011

Lawrence Hill
LLD
October 2010

Buffy Sainte-Marie
DLitt
June 2010
Brantford
Wayson Choy
DLitt
June 2010

Vera Good
DLitt
June 2010

Francis Pang
LLD
June 2010

Clive Beddoe
LLD
October 2009

David Alexander Anderson, P.C.
DSc
June 2009

Louise Fréchette LLD
June 2009

Heather Reisman
LLD
June 2009

Audrey Ronning Topping
DLitt
June 2009
Brantford
Michael Lee-Chin
LLD
October 2008

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
LLD
October 2008

Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.C., OM
LLD
June 2008

John Kim Bell
LLD
June 2008
Brantford
Graham Edward Greene
LLD
June 2008
Brantford
Lorna R. Marsden
LLD
June 2008

Fred L. Nichols
LLD
June 2008

Robert G. Rosehart
LLD
June 2008

Allon Alan Shelley Bross
LLD
October 2007

Jack Rabinovitch
LLD
October 2007

James K. Bartleman, P.C., O. Ont
LLD
June 2007

Susan MacFarlane Burke
DLitt
June 2007

Michael Dennis Duffy
DLitt
June 2007
Brantford
Gordon K. Greene
DLitt
June 2007

James Frederick Kuntz
DLitt
June 2007

Geoffrey Stevens
DLitt
June 2007

Lisa Marie LaFlamme
LLD
October 2006

James Roos Breithaupt
LLD
June 2006

David Barr Chilton
DLitt
June 2006

Robert Fletcher Nixon
LLD
June 2006
Brantford
Donald F. Morgenson
LLD
June 2006

Alfred Pletsch
LLD
June 2006

Heather Munroe-Blum
LLD
October 2005

Myron S. Scholes
LLD
October 2005

Deborah Ellis
DLitt
June 2005
Brantford
Anton Kuerti
DLitt
June 2005

Carl Hiebert
LLD
June 2005

Terry Copp
LLD
June 2005

E. Margaret Fulton
LLD
October 2004

Maude Barlow
Dlitt
June 2004
Brantford
Buzz Hargrove
LLD
June 2004

Jean-Michel Lacroix
LLD
June 2004

Alex Mustakas
DLitt
June 2004

Thomas Axworthy
LLD
June 2003

James Laurence Balsillie
LLD
June 2003

Donald W. Campbell
LLD
June 2003

Russell Johnson
LLD
June 2003

Thomas Vernon Hill
DLitt
June 2003
Brantford
Loreena McKennitt
DLitt
December 2002

Thomas d'Aquino
LLD
June 2002

Ross & Doris Dixon
LLD
June 2002

Paul Frey
DLitt
June 2002

The Hon. Graydon Nicholas
LLD
June 2002

James Hillier
LLD
May 2002
Brantford
John Pollock
LLD
October 2001

Frank Turner
LLD
October 2001

Timothy Findley
DLitt
June 2001

Paul Martin, P.C.
LLD
June 2001

Mark Starowicz
DLitt
June 2001

Carol Shields
DLitt
October 2000

Elizabeth (Betty) Sims
LLD
October 2000

Patricia Baird
LLD
June 2000

David Lough Crane
DLitt
June 2000

Herman Overgaard
LLD
June 2000

Peter Etril Snyder
LLD
October 1999

Klaus Woerner
LLD
October 1999

Wilfried von Bredow
LLD
June 1999

Ron Cleminson
LLD
June 1999

Robert Dye
LLD
June 1999

Paul Giannelia
LLD
June 1999

Marnie McBean
LLD
June 1999

Werner Schaal
LLD
June 1999

Pamela Wallin
DLitt
June 1999

Bruce Hodgins
LLD
October 1998

Myrna Schlegel
LLD
October 1998

Robert Schlegel
LLD
October 1998

Paula Brownlee
LLD
June 1998

Derek Burney
LLD
June 1998

Maureen Kempston Darkes
LLD
June 1998

Thomas Rolston
LLD
June 1998

Micheline Charest
LLD
June 1997

Christopher Newton
DLitt
June 1997

Maureen O'Neill
LLD
June 1997

David Strangway
LLD
June 1997

Henry Pankratz
LLD
October 1996

Robert Astley
LLD
May 1996

Howard Dyck
LLD
May 1996

William Lomax
LLD
June 1996

Burton Matthews
LLD
June 1996

Richard Goldstone
LLD
October 1995

Nafis Sadik
LLD
October 1995

Paul Fournier
LLD
May 1995

Walter Kröll
LLD
May 1995

Walter McLean
LLD
May 1995

Landon Pearson
LLD
May 1995

Janet Forstner
LLD
October 1994

William Leggett
LLD
October 1994

Dame Nita Barrow
DLitt
May 1994

Rita Cox
DLitt
May 1994

Peter Daglish
LLD
May 1994

Jack McClelland
DLitt
May 1994

Pat Doherty
DLitt
October 1993

Milo Shantz
DLitt
October 1993

Paul Heinbecker
LLD
May 1993

Roberta Louise Jamieson
LLD
May 1993

Nancy-Lou Patterson
DLitt
May 1993

Hans Viessmann
LLD
May 1993

John English
DLitt
May 1992

John Sweeney
LLD
May 1992

John E. Cleghorn
LLD
October 1991

Raffi Armenian
LLD
June 1991

Wilhelm Nassau
LLD
June 1991

Rudy Wiebe
DLitt
June 1991

John Harry Panabaker
LLD
May 1990

Ernie Regehr
LLD
May 1990


Patrick Watson LLD October 1989
Wilbert H. Hopper LLD May 1989
Jan Narveson DLitt May 1989
Woldemar Neufeld DLitt October 1988
Richard Splane LLD October 1988
Stephen Lewis LLD May 1988
Flora Roy DLitt May 1988
Abram Wiebe LLD November 1987
Peggie Sampson LLD May 1987
Delton J. Glebe DDiv November 1986
Frank C. Peters LLD November 1986
William J. Villaume LLD November 1986
Walter Jacob Hachborn LLD October 1985
Mel Hurtig LLD October 1985
Elmer Walter Iseler LLD May 1985
John Charles Phillips LLD May 1985
Edna Staebler DLitt October 1984
Norman E. Wagner LLD May 1984
Peter Charles Swann LLD October 1983
Peter C. Newman LLD May 1983
Grant Louis Reuber LLD May 1983
Jackson Spear DLitt June 1983
James Thompson Black LLD May 1982
Robert Alan Willson LLD May 1982
William K. Caldwell LLD October 1981
Ralph Trapnell Snelgrove LLD October 1981
Tamara Giesbrecht LLD November 1981
Mabel Lane Krug LLD November 1981
Jean Chretien, P.C. LLD May 1981
Ross Munro DLitt November 1980
William David Huras DDiv May 1980
W. Darcy McKeough LLD May 1980
Janet Lang Boland LLD October 1979
Philip Bernard Rynard LLD October 1979
Paul Desmarais LLD May 1979
General Jacques Alfred Dextraze LLD May 1978
Mervyn L. Lahn LLD May 1978
Willard Zebedee Estey LLD May 1977
Beland Hugh Honderich LLD May 1977
Allan Joseph MacEachen LLD October 1976
Vadim D. Vladykov LLD October 1976
John Murray Ramsay LLD November 1976
John Barfoot MacDonald LLD May 1976
David James Walker LLD May 1976
John Black Aird LLD November 1975
Robert John Herman Binhammer DDiv November 1975
Maureen Forrester LLD November 1975
Reuben Conrad Baetz LLD May 1975
John Robert Evans LLD May 1975
Helmuth Thielicke LLD March 1974
Kurt Waldheim LLD May 1974
Edward Togo Salmon DLitt November 1974
Eric Alfred Winkler LLD November 1974

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Bernard Joseph Francis Lonergan DDiv November 1973
Garfield Lloyd Bender DLitt November 1973
Michael Grattan O'Leary DLitt November 1973
Gerhard Gregory Baum DLitt May 1973
Harold Theodor Floreen DDiv May 1973
Alvin John Baetz DDiv May 1973
Norman Arthur Berner DDiv November 1972
John Francis Leddy LLD November 1972
Thomas H.B. Symons LLD November 1971
Charles Miller Fisher LLD November 1971
Harry Douglas Greb LLD May 1971
Edward Gustav Pleva LLD May 1971
John Parmenter Robarts LLD May 1971
Lister Shedden Sinclair DLitt November 1970
Robert James Marshall DDiv November 1970
Joseph Gerald Hagey LLD May 1970
Charles Hibbert Millard LLD May 1970
Jacob Henry Quiring DDiv May 1970
Norah Evangeline Michener LLD November 1969
Paul-Emil Leger LLD November 1969
Frederick William Minkler LLD November 1969
John Yaremko LLD May 1969
Herbert Laurence Jacobson LLD May 1969
J. Ray Houser DLitt May 1969
George Johann Klein LLD November 1968
Walter Albert Thompson LLD November 1968
John George Diefenbaker LLD November 1968
Walter Hugh Johns LLD May 1968
James Malcolm McAvity LLD May 1968
John Alvin Surerus DLitt May 1968
John J. Wettlaufer LLD October 1967
Donald Methuen Fleming LLD October 1967
Walter Edwin Buszin DDiv October 1967
Otto Frederick Reble DDiv May 1967
Paul Joseph James Martin LLD May 1967
Henry Valle LLD May 1967
Philip Sydney Fisher LLD October 1966
Norman Christoph Schneider LLD October 1966
Joseph Bascom St. John DLitt October 1966
John Elford Brent LLD May 1966
Charles Eric Hendry LLD May 1966
John A. Miller DDiv May 1966
Rev. John V. Mills LLD October 1965
Rev. Otto W. Heick DLitt October 1965
Kenneth Wiffin Taylor LLD October 1965
Allen Thomas Lambert LLD May 1965
Henri Francis Legare LLD May 1965
Earl Jacob Treusch LLD May 1965
Alexander O. Potter DLitt May 1965
Lester Bowles Pearson LLD December 1964
Flora McCrea Eaton LLD October 1964
Chester Alvin Ronning LLD October 1964
John Frederick Neudoerffer DDiv October 1964
Otto Theodore Carl Stockman DDiv May 1964
William Ross Macdonald LLD May 1964
Gould Wickey LLD May 1964
Arthur Reginald Marsden Lower DLitt May 1964
William Grenville Davis LLD October 1963
Franklin Clark Fry LLD October 1963
Albert William Trueman LLD October 1963
Arthur Sutherland Pigott Woodhouse DLitt October 1963
Clifford Stanley Roberts DDiv May 1963
Floyd Sherman Chalmers LLD May 1963
Walter Frank Schroeder LLD May 1963
Clarence Charles Stoughton LLD May 1963
Douglas White Ambridge LLD October 1962
Alan Hepburn Jarvis LLD October 1962
Ernest Edgar Long LLD October 1962
John Murr Zimmerman DDiv October 1962
Helen Mildred Blythe Allison LLD May 1962
Diamond Jenness LLD May 1962
Joseph Roberts Smallwood LLD May 1962
William Henry Stackel LLD May 1962
Urho Kaleva Kekkonen LLD October 1961
Hugh MacLennan DLitt October 1961
Johannes August Friedrich Schulze DDiv October 1961
Ronald Alexander Allen LLD May 1961
George Harris Hees LLD May 1961
Henry Asbjorn Larsen LLD May 1961