Spring 2006 Convocation

Royal Roads honours graduates and educational leaders June 9

Friday, June 9, 2006

Royal Roads University honoured two notable educational leaders in addition to the newest graduates of the university at spring convocation.  The event saw degrees, diplomas and certificates conferred on 850 graduates. Honorary degrees were bestowed on Elizabeth Ashton, president of Camosun College in Victoria, and Ronald Bordessa, outgoing vice-president and provost of RRU.

“They each demonstrate the kind of innovation and leadership that reflects our university’s dedication to fostering new options in higher learning,” said Bob Skene, chancellor and acting president of RRU of the honorary degree recipients.

For Bordessa, his convocation address as honorary degree recipient provided an opportunity to celebrate RRU’s success in meeting the provincial government’s mandate to offer a distinctive post-secondary model with a singular focus on applied and professional programming.

“Royal Roads has taken naturally to the idea that universities ought to be in the service of society, and can best serve that function by providing an education that ensures its graduates are competent global citizens,” Bordessa said. “Our graduates know they can think and act with assurance and adapt to the undoubted changes they will encounter through the years, just what the workplaces of the knowledge economy of the coming century increasingly need.”


Award Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipient
Ronald Bordessa has overseen the introduction and development academic initiatives that have filled a niche in Canada.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Elizabeth Ashton has played a vital role in post-secondary education in British Columbia and Canada.