Awards and honours

May 27, 2004, vol. 30, no. 3

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This year's convocation ceremonies June 2, 3 and 4 will see 2,800 graduands - SFU's largest graduating class - follow the SFU pipe band across the academic quadrangle's reflecting pond and down the steps into convocation mall.

Joining them will be seven special Canadians whose contributions will be recognized with honorary degrees.

On June 2 during the morning ceremony for the faculty of arts, Janine Fuller, manager of Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Fuller played a leading role in an historic legal battle against censorship.

During the afternoon faculty of arts ceremony, SFU chancellor Milton Wong will present Emmy-award-winning film director and producer Daryl Duke with an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. The director's guild of Canada also recently recognized Duke with a lifetime achievement award.

At the June 3 morning ceremony for the faculty of arts, Madame Justice Lynn Smith receives an honorary doctor of laws degree. Smith was UBC's first female dean of law and a founder, director and chair of the women's legal education and action fund (LEAF).

In the June 3 afternoon ceremony for the faculty of applied sciences, skier Nancy Greene Raine receives an honorary doctor of laws degree. An Olympic gold medalist, Greene Raine is now a spokesperson for the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver.

At the June 4 morning faculty of business administration ceremony, Wong will present honorary degrees to Dr. Don Rix and Stephen Lewis. Dr. Rix, a physician, philanthropist and co-owner of B.C.'s largest independent medical laboratory, MDS Metro Laboratories, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

Stephen Lewis, a former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations who most recently served as the UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, receives an honorary doctor of laws degree.

During the June 4 afternoon ceremony for the faculties of education and science, SFU alumnus Marco Marra will receive an honorary doctor of science degree. Marra is director of the Genome Sciences Centre, B.C. Cancer Agency, in Vancouver and an adjunct professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at SFU.

During convocation ceremonies next October, Wong will also present honorary degrees to Canada's auditor general, Sheila Fraser, Nancy McKinstry, vice-president of Odlum Brown and founder and chair of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. women, and to David McLean, chair of Canadian National Railway and chair and CEO of the McLean Group.

Honorary degree receipients, from top left to right and bottom left to right, are: Daryl Duke, Janine Fuller, Nancy Greene Raine, Stephen Lewis, Marco Marra, Don Rix, and Lynn Smith.

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