Fall 2017 Convocation to honour former “Dragon,” cultural sociologist and Nobel laureate

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017

President Jacques Frémont at convocation with students

This Sunday, over a thousand students will mount the stage of the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall to receive their diploma and celebrate the culmination of their studies, surrounded by family and friends.  In addition to the 1,667 graduating students, University President Jacques Frémont and Chancellor Calin Rovinescu will also confer honorary doctorates on three outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in the fields of business, sociology and medicine:

    Mitch Garber is a Canadian business executive and philanthropist who is an active private equity investor with TPG and Apollo, as well as part owner and chair of Cirque du Soleil.
    Michèle Lamont is a cultural sociologist and professor at Harvard University, where she is director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is also co-director of the Successful Societies program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
    Paul Nurse is a British geneticist and cell biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001, along with Leland Hartwell and Tim Hunt, for the discovery of protein molecules that control cell division.

Learn more about the three recipients

Ceremonies (November 5, 2017)

  • 9:30 a.m.: Faculty of Arts / Faculty of Law / Telfer School of Management
    Honorary doctorate: Mitch Garber
  • 2:30 p.m.: Faculty of Education / Faculty of Social Sciences
    Honorary doctorate: Michèle Lamont
  • 7 p.m.: Faculty of Engineering / Faculty of Health Sciences / Faculty of Medicine / Faculty of Science
    Honorary doctorate: Paul Nurse

The ceremonies will also be streamed on Facebook Live. Get the latest on Convocation on social media:  @uOttawa and #uOgrad.

Learn more about Convocation

List of graduates

Media inquiries

Amélie Ferron-Craig
Media Relations Officer
Cell: 613-863-7221

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