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Spring 2013 Convocation

Royal Roads presents honorary degrees to artistic director Timothy Vernon and educational leader Sherman Jen

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

An artistic director, founder of an international school and a former politician were honoured in addition to the newest graduates of Royal Roads University during the spring convocation,  held at the Royal Theatre on June 19.

Pacific Opera Victoria artistic director Timothy Vernon and international school founder Sherman Jen received honorary degrees. Community activist and former federal and municipal politician Denise Savoie received the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award.

“This year’s honorees come from very different fields – education, performing arts and politics – but they share the attributes of creative leadership and strong community spirit. They are an inspiration to the university community,” said Royal Roads president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “We are privileged to have them join us today as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates. We wish them continued success as they make a difference in their lives and in their communities.”

The honorees joined a convocation ceremony for more than 350 students graduating from degree and certificate programs in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Management and the Centre for Applied Leadership and Management.

Alumni Award recipients Jackie Scales and Lauryn Oates were also honoured during the ceremony.

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Award Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipient
Sherman Jen is a recognized leader in providing education that connects the Chinese and Canadian communities.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Timothy Vernon’s vision has made Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) a nationally-recognized symbol of artistic excellence.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Denise Savoie is a passionate and committed citizen, serving her community throughout a 13-year political career.