The Post-secondary Learning Act in Alberta enables Mount Royal University to award honorary degrees.
Like much university protocol, honorary degrees date back to the Middle Ages and are often accompanied by the Latin words “honoris causa” – meaning for honourific reasons.
Recent recipients include:
Will Ferguson – Canadian travel writer and humour novelist
Todd Hirsch – Chief Economist at ATB Financial
Kelly Hrudey – Retired NHL goaltender and Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster
Evan Hu – Board Chair with Innovate Calgary
Sheldon Kennedy – Retired NHL forward, author and child abuse advocate
Mark Tewksbury – Canadian Olympic gold medalist, LGBT advocate and Special Olympics Canada Chair
Honorary degrees are awarded in recognition of an individual’s outstanding achievement in the academic, private or public sector. Successful candidates are chosen based on their longstanding affinity with Mount Royal University, and exemplary leadership in Calgary, Alberta and across the country.
Mount Royal University welcomes nominations of worthy candidates for honorary degrees and nominations are accepted year-around. Canadians and non-Canadians may be considered.
Honorary degrees are not awarded posthumously, to an individual currently holding elected office in a municipal, provincial or federal government in Canada, or to current members of the Mount Royal community.