Chancellor Kathleen Birney receives her academic regalia from former Chancellor Wayne Strandlund (left) and registrar Peter Dueck (behind). (Photo contributed by Royal Roads University)

Spring cap fling at Royal Roads University in Colwood

Former chancellor and CBC host receive honorary degrees

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For 788 graduates, all roads led to the Royal Theatre for Royal Roads University’s spring convocation this month.

They were joined by J. Peter Meekison and Bob McDonald, who each received honorary Doctor of Law degrees for their contributions to the university and the world beyond its borders.

Meekison, who served as RRU chancellor from 2010 to 2013, was honoured for his significant role in shaping the modern constitution of Canada, and for his enduring influence on post-secondary education in Western Canada.

As a constitutional expert, Meekison is recognized as the architect of the amending formula of the Constitution Act of 1982, and has served in academic and administrative roles at numerous universities.

McDonald, the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, is also the chief science correspondent for the national network. He has worked to promote science and scientific literacy for Canadians of all ages, hosted two science shows for children, numerous television documentaries, more than 100 educational videos and authored two books.

The convocation recognized the achievements of graduates who have earned degrees, certificates or diplomas in the faculties of management, social and applied studies and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

There are currently more than 24,800 RRU alumni in 60 countries.


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