Spring convocation marks university’s 10th anniversary
Royal Roads University held its 16th convocation just days before the university’s 10th anniversary. The Government of B.C. passed the Royal Roads University Act June 21, 1995 and the university’s first degree program, the Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, started July 8, 1996.
“I credit that program with setting the stage for the learning environment we have today,” said president and vice-chancellor Rick Skinner. “That program gave people a transformative experience. Now, graduates from all our programs talk about the personal transformation they underwent as a result of their Royal Roads experience. I don’t think many universities have that kind of impact.”
115 graduates received degrees from the MA in Leadership and Training program. They were part of a contingent of 733 graduates who will receive degrees (667) or diplomas and certificates (66) in two ceremonies that day.
Royal Roads also confered honorary degrees on two people – Anne Golden and Frank O’Dea.
“Both our honorary degree recipients are models of corporate responsibility and personal commitment to community issues,” Skinner said. “Each has worked in the national, international and local arenas to build leadership for a better Canada – and a better world. These are ideals we strive to nurture at Royal Roads as we embrace the challenges and the opportunities of our next decade.”