Spring 2003 Convocation

Royal Roads honours community leaders and 740 graduates

Friday, May 23, 2003

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.

Award Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipient
Fred Kasravi is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and volunteer whose efforts have enriched the lives of many people.
Honorary Degree Recipient
First Nations leader Wendy Grant-John has worked for more than 30 years to advance the causes of aboriginal peoples.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Jane Heffelfinger’s outstanding record of volunteer leadership has inspired and motivated hundreds.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Cops for Cancer is a partnership between Canadian police agencies and the Canadian Cancer Society.