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Honorary Degree from University of Waterloo

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October 20, 2010

Governor General to Receive an Honorary Degree
from the University of Waterloo

OTTAWA—During a convocation ceremony at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will receive a Doctorate of Law honoris causa from the University, as well as be invested as president emeritus. The event will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 10 a.m.

For this occasion, His Excellency will deliver the convocation address in front of bachelor, master and doctorate degree recipients from Waterloo’s faculties of Arts and Applied Health Sciences, as well as Renison University College’s School of Social Work, at approximately 10:15 a.m. Prior to becoming the 28th governor general of Canada on October 1, 2010, His Excellency had been the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo since June 1999.

About the University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, is one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities. Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and brighter. Waterloo, known for the largest post-secondary co-operative education program in the world, supports enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. For more information about Waterloo, visit


Media wishing to attend the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the University of Waterloo.

Media information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)  

Michael Strickland
Assistant Director, Media Relations
University of Waterloo