Royal Roads honours community leaders and 740 graduates
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Fred Kasravi and aboriginal leader Wendy Grant-John received Honorary Doctor of Law degrees. In addition, the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award was presented to Victoria fundraiser and community volunteer Jane Heffelfinger and to the Vancouver Island branch of Cops for Cancer.
“Our honorary degree and community award recipients share a commitment to excellence, a commitment to community and the capacity to inspire others to share and support their vision,” said Rick Skinner, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University.
Skinner was officially installed as president and vice-chancellor at the first convocation ceremony Thursday afternoon. For this convocation – Royal Roads’ thirteenth – the university expanded to three ceremonies to accommodate 740 graduates, including the first graduates of the university’s Distributed Learning Facilitator for Indigenous Communities and Indigenous Corporate Relations graduate certificate programs and the first grads of the graduate diploma program in Knowledge Management.