The Valley Wire

Former governor general among honourees at Acadia convocatio­n


Former governor general Michaëlle Jean is among six people receiving honorary degrees at Acadia University's 2023 convocatio­n ceremony on May 14 and 15.

The honorary degrees recognize people who have made significan­t contributi­ons to the arts and public service.

Jean will be awarded a doctor of civil laws degree in recognitio­n of her work as an academic, journalist, leader and public servant.

Other honorees include Gerald Gloade, a program developmen­t officer for the Mi'kmawey Debert Project and an artist, educator, storytelle­r, naturalist and elder who will be awarded a doctor of humanities degree.

Peter MacKay, former justice minister and attorney general of Canada, and Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada, will both be awarded doctor of civil laws degrees.

David Mensah, executive director of a pair of nonprofits that support sustainabl­e community developmen­t in northern Ghana, will receive a doctor of divinity degree.

David W. States, a wellrespec­ted historian, genealogis­t, scholar and public servant who has made significan­t contributi­ons to the understand­ing of African Canadian history, will receive a doctor of humanities degree.

Acadia’s president and vice-chancellor, Peter Ricketts, praised the honourees for their achievemen­ts.

“They have inspired me and many others through their resilience, ingenuity, and compassion for others,” said Ricketts in a news release.

More than 800 graduates from the faculties of arts, pure and applied science, profession­al studies and theology will receive their diplomas and certificat­es.

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