Fall 2012 Convocation

Royal Roads honours 824 students, presents honorary degrees to civic leaders Edward and Helen Hughes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Outstanding citizens and exemplary students were honoured by Royal Roads University during the fall convocation Oct. 23 at the Royal Theatre.

Victoria social welfare duo – the Honorable Edward (Ted) Hughes and civic leader Helen Hughes – received honorary degrees and community harmony leader Louise Rose received the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award.

The honorees joined a convocation ceremony for 824 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.

“This year’s honorees exemplify wise leadership, devoted public service and creative 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 on stage today as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates and wish them continued success. They are committed to making a difference in their lives and in their communities, and will join more than 18,500 of our esteemed alumni.”


This year's Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded for the best thesis or graduate project, was received by MBA student Jim Kyte. The Governor General’s Silver Medal, awarded to the student who achieved the highest academic standing in a bachelor’s program, was presented to Bachelor of Justice Studies student Solange Meilleur.

The inaugural Alumni Award recipients were honoured as well. Police Chief Eric Jolliffe received the Alumni Leadership Award and South Sudan-based journalist Mading Ngor received the Alumni Excellence Award.

Award Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipient
The Honorable Edward (Ted) Hughes is a retired judge with a reputation for being a wise and fair arbiter.
Helen Hughes
Honorary Degree Recipient
Helen Hughes has worked throughout her life as a civic leader, organizer and volunteer.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Louise Rose is known in Victoria for her musical gifts as well as her contributions to the community.
Jim Kyte
Governor General’s Gold Medal Recipient
MBA student and former NHL player earned Governor General’s Gold Medal for outstanding research.
Governor General's Silver Medal Recipient
A desire to help people in her personal and professional life led Solange Meilleur to Royal Roads.