Honouring 75 years of learning and leadership
Royal Roads University graduates shared the stage with General (Ret’d) Walt Natynczyk, humanitarian Stephen Lewis and CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Jane Butler McGregor during the spring convocation ceremonies on June 18, 2015.
Natynczyk received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his outstanding and ongoing leadership and service to Canada. Natynczyk’s distinguished career with the Canadian Armed Forces includes serving as Chief of Defence Staff from 2008 to 2012. Key events over his tenure include the combat mission in Afghanistan, humanitarian support to Haiti and the NATO mission in Libya. He continues to serve our country as Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada.
Stephen Lewis, one of Canada’s most influential international human rights advocates, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his tireless efforts to bring worldwide attention to HIV/AIDS and by inspiring leaders to take action.
The Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award was presented to Jane Butler McGregor for her outstanding contribution to community building and the non-profit sector. McGregor joined the Victoria Conservatory of Music in 2008 when the organization was in financial distress and on the brink of closing its doors. In her tenure she has succeeded in rallying the community around the conservatory, which has grown and expanded its programs in recent years.
This spring’s convocation ceremonies recognized the achievements of more than 760 students who have earned degrees, certificates or diplomas in the Faculty of Management or in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.