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May 30, 2014

Sherbrooke, May 30, 2014 – On June 6 and 7, Chancellor Brian Levitt will preside over Bishop’s University’s Convocation ceremonies. The institution announced today that, in addition to conferring some 570 degrees on members of the class of 2014, four notable individuals will be recognized for their outstanding professional achievements and their service to society.

Honorary doctorates in Civil Law will be awarded to: Ms. Renelle Anctil (BU Class of ‘87), co-owner of the Groupe Anctil, and General Manager of the Sherbrooke and Magog Rona l'Entrepôt stores; Eastern Townships resident, Ms. Louise Penny, C.M., bestselling author of a series of mystery stories set in Quebec; The Honourable Bob Rae, P.C., O.C., O.O., Q.C., Premier of Ontario from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013; and Ms. Irshad Manji, educator, broadcaster, and promoter of progressive Islam.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘‘It gives us great pride to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of these individuals. They exemplify excellence, determination and outstanding societal contribution.’’

On Friday, June 6, an afternoon Convocation ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. for graduates earning degrees and certificates in Business. On Saturday, June 7, Convocation ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m. for graduates earning degrees in Humanities and Education. Graduates receiving degrees in the Natural or Social Sciences will participate in an afternoon ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on June 7.

A detailed schedule of events can be found on the University’s website at:

This year’s valedictorian, Erik Schwegler from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Business student with a concentration in marketing. Mr. Schwegler will proudly address the graduating class at all three ceremonies.

Biographies of Honorands.


For additional information :

Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840