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Date: May 19, 2004

UVic to confer degrees on 3,000 students at Spring Convocation

The University of Victoria’s spring convocation ceremonies begin Tuesday, June 1 and continue through Friday, June 4 with two ceremonies each day at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.
A total of 3,062 students have completed requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Stephen Lewis—United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa—is part of a distinguished group of six who will accept honorary degrees during the ceremonies.
The other recipients are retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Kwaguilth artist Richard Hunt, Victoria arts activist and fundraiser Jane Heffelfinger, American health information specialist Dr. Morris Collen, and Percy Wilkinson, a Victoria centenarian with a lifelong record of public service. (See attached backgrounder for biographical information.)
Since its first convocation in 1964, UVic has awarded honorary degrees for achievement in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts and public service. The UVic senate makes decisions on honorary degrees based on nominations received from members of the university community.
The spring convocation schedule—with dates, times, faculties and honorary degree recipients—is as follows:

June 1
10 a.m. Education Percy Wilkinson, Doctor of Laws (LLD)
2:30 p.m. Fine Arts Richard Hunt, Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)

Human & Social Development

June 2
10 a.m. Humanities
2:30 p.m. Business
Jane Heffelfinger (LLD)

Engineering

June 3
10 a.m. Law Claire L’Heureux-Dubé (LLD)

Social Sciences
2:30 p.m. Social Sciences Stephen Lewis (LLD)

June 4
10 a.m. Human & Social Development
2:30 p.m. Science Morris Collen, Doctor of Science (DSc)




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Media contacts:
Mike McNeney, (UVic Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642/(250) 213-1775 or mmcneney@uvic.ca
Backgrounders:
Spring 2004 UVic honorary degrees

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