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Royal Roads University celebrates 43rd convocation

June 4, 2018

Royal Roads University will honour three exemplary Canadians—a truth seeker, a leader in research and a visionary philanthropist—along with 805 graduates at its spring convocation ceremonies June 12, 2018.

Acclaimed broadcast journalist Anna Maria Tremonti, founding gerontology researcher Dr. Neena Chappell and social entrepreneur Barjinder (Barj) Dhahan will join the graduates at the Royal Theatre in downtown Victoria to celebrate the university’s 43rd convocation.

The convocation ceremonies will confer on graduates degrees, certificates or diplomas in the Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. The graduates join a community of 26,400 alumni of Royal Roads University worldwide.

“Our honorees share a determination to make a positive impact in the world, a trait shared by this university and its graduates,” says Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor. “We thank these three leaders for showing us the many ways a passion for learning, critical dialogue and a commitment to helping others can be applied to lives and careers.”

Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio’s flagship current affairs program, The Current, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for her commitment to truth-telling, public discourse and social transformation. A fearless interviewer who seeks out stories that matter, Tremonti has also served as correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host of The Fifth Estate.

Neena Chappell, CM, PhD, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for her key role in founding the field of gerontology. Her research focuses on issues such as caregiving, healthy aging and dementia care, as well as health and social policy. She created two university centres on aging and is professor emeritus at the University of Victoria.  

Barj Dhahan will receive the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award for his tireless support of equality, education and health care projects. Dhahan is the founder of the Sandhurst Group of companies and the patron of numerous national and international health, development and education programs. He has helped create a collaborative nursing program for students in India, a life skills program for students with disabilities in Vancouver and established a fund for Indigenous students at the University of British Columbia.

Learn more about the honorees and their achievements.

The ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Royal Theatre in downtown Victoria honours students graduating from programs in the Faculty of Management. The ceremony will include the conferral of an honorary degree on Dr. Neena Chappell, CM and the presentation of the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award to Barj Dhahan.

The ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre in downtown Victoria honours students graduating from programs in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. The ceremony will include the conferral of an honorary degree on Anna Maria Tremonti. 

Both morning and afternoon ceremonies will be available to view live on Royal Roads University’s broadcast channel.