Spring 2009 Convocation

Two new degrees and the first posthumous degree awarded among other honours

Friday, June 19, 2009

Students from across Canada and around the world converged under the signature white marquee at Royal Roads University on June 19. The occasion was spring convocation and this year two degrees were awarded for the first time - the MA in International Hotel Management and the MA in Tourism Management, as well the first Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism was presented.

The university conferred an honorary degree on former federal Conservative cabinet minister Mary Collins and co-founder of Canada Wide Media Limited Peter Legge. Hudson Mack, news director and senior anchor of A Channel News, was presented with a Chancellor’s Community Recognition award.

Both Legge and Collins are members of the Royal Roads University Fellows Council, established in 2008 to guide the university as it responds to current and emerging labour force and marketplace needs in British Columbia and across Canada.

For the first time, Royal Roads University also conferred a posthumous degree. Alumnus Trevor Maber accepted for his father, Dr. Barry Maber, who was a learner in the MA in Conflict Analysis and Management program. Dr. Maber died of a stroke last July in his hometown of Saskatoon where he was an accomplished physician who served as a medical officer in the armed forces and in private practice. Well-respected and admired by his colleagues in the RRU community and beyond, Dr. Maber was also a clinical associate professor with the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

Of the total number of learners graduating, 633 received degrees, certificates or diplomas from graduate level programs and 56 from under-graduate level programs. Just over half were women; 10 were from First Nations communities; and 298 were from countries other than Canada including Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Columbia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, New Zealand Thailand, Taiwan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Award Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipient
A tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and a thoughtful nature have combined to make Peter Legge an exceptional role model.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Mary Collins has long been a strong advocate of the advancement of women in political life.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Hudson Mack has been delivering stories across Vancouver Island for nearly 25 years.