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Boxing champion Lennox Lewis to receive honorary degree at Laurier’s fall convocation
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin to be installed as university chancellor
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Oct 6/11| For Immediate Release
Sondra Schwartz, Manager, Ceremonies & Events
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will grant world-renowned boxing champion Lennox Lewis an honorary doctor of laws degree at the university’s fall convocation Oct. 28. The university will also hold an installation ceremony at the convocation for incoming Chancellor Michael Lee-Chin, at which outgoing Chancellor John Pollock will ceremonially hand the chancellor’s robes to his successor.
Lee-Chin will be installed as chancellor and deliver an address to convocation at the morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. Lennox Lewis will receive his degree and address convocation at the afternoon ceremony, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Both the morning and afternoon ceremonies will be held at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.
Lennox Lewis is an Olympic gold medalist and three-time boxing heavyweight champion of the world. George Foreman, also a former world heavyweight champion, called Lewis the “greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.” Lewis, who retired from the sport in 2004, is also a noted philanthropist. His Lennox Lewis Foundation raises money for disadvantaged children in Jamaica, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and he has supported social causes such as public advocacy against domestic violence. A dual Canadian-British citizen, he is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Michael Lee-Chin, one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, has frequently been included on Forbes magazine’s annual list of billionaires. As a philanthropist, he has contributed to a wide range of causes, including a $30-million donation to the Royal Ontario Museum for its 2003 renovation by architect Daniel Libeskind. Lee-Chin is chairman of Portland Holdings, a privately held investment company that manages public and private equity and has a direct ownership interest in a collection of diversified businesses. He holds numerous honorary degrees and sits on the board of the Trust for the Americas, a foundation affiliated with the Organization of American States, and the Haitian Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Investment.
Approximately 1,150 students are eligible to graduate at Laurier’s fall convocation. The morning ceremony is for graduates of the School of Business & Economics. The afternoon ceremony is for graduates of the faculties of Arts, Music, Science, Social Work and the School of International Policy and Governance, the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Laurier Brantford.