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Honorary degrees are awarded honoris causa, “for the sake of honour,” and recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions locally, nationally and globally, such as:

  • Leading academics and public intellectuals across the disciplines;
  • Exemplary leaders in all fields;
  • Outstanding artists and performers; and
  • Community builders and philanthropists.

Nominations

Wilfrid Laurier University invites members of the university community and the general public to nominate worthy individuals for honorary degrees. The individuals upon whom the university bestows honorary degrees should reflect both the full diversity of Canadian society and the qualities that Laurier prizes, as expressed in the university’s vision statement:

“Our commitment is to justice and sustainability now and in the future, so we strive to ignite the minds, spirits and hearts of our communities through excellence in teaching and learning, in the discovery, scholarly exploration, and application of new ideas, and in instilling the courage to engage and challenge the world in all its complexity.”

Honorary degrees are not awarded posthumously, and generally not to any of the following: current faculty or staff; current members of the Board of Governors or Senate; and active politicians.

Process

Nomination deadlines are Nov. 15 for spring convocation and Feb. 15 for fall convocation.

Nominations are reviewed by the Honorary Degree Committee and must include a completed nomination form, a letter of nomination signed by two nominators (or two representatives of a nominating group), and a full curriculum vitae and/or fulsome biographical sketch.

All information submitted will be kept confidential. It is recommended that nominees not be advised of their nomination.

Past Recipients

The following is a list of honorary degree recipients since 1961.

Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Rebecca Jamieson, LLD, June 2017 (Brantford)
  • Tina Keeper, DLitt, June 2017 (Brantford)
  • William (Bill) Richardson, DLitt, June 2017
  • David Young, DLitt, June 2017
  • Astrid Janson, DLitt, June 2016
  • Lillian Diana Allen, DLitt, June 2016
  • Peter Wilkinson Howitt, DLitt, June 2016
  • William A. Downe, LLD, June 2016
  • Peter Brown, LLD, October 2015     
  • Chantal Hébert, DLitt, October 2015     
  • Linda Schuyler, DLitt, June 2015 (Brantford)
  • Owennatékha Brian Maracle, DLitt, June 2015 (Brantford)
  • Martin Junge, DDiv, June 2015
  • Aziz Bhaloo, DLitt, June 2015     
  • Ziauddin Yousafzai, LLD, June 2015
  • Natalie Zemon Davis, DLitt, June 2015
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian, DLitt, June 2015
  • Maureen Sabia, LLD, October 2014     
  • Ursula Franklin, DSc, June 2014 (Brantford)
  • Walter Gretzky, DLitt, 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
  • 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 and 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

Waterloo Lutheran University

  • 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

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