As part of a virtual convocation ceremony slated for June 26, Nipissing University will award six honorary degrees.
“The chosen honorees have made significant contributions to Nipissing University, their profession, and society at large, and we are proud to welcome them to the Nipissing community,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mike DeGagné.
Considered the university’s highest distinction, Nipissing will bestow honorary degrees upon:
- Dennis Chippa, humanitarian
- Patrick Dion, health consultant
- Penny McIntyre, business
- Joan McLeod Shabogesic, First Nations land governance
- Jerry O’Connell, entertainer
- Scott Russell, broadcaster
DeGagné adds, “Convocation is an important occasion that honours the accomplishments of Nipissing University students. Although convocation will look different this year, we are thrilled to have these exceptional individuals celebrate with our students by accepting honorary degrees and addressing the graduates that have worked so hard for this moment.”
Nipissing University invites to view the honorary degree recipient video addresses, June 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m here. The event will including speeches from the University’s Chancellor, President & Vice Chancellor, and Provost & Vice-President, Academic & Research. The addresses will remain available for online viewing after that date.
As part of its convocation celebrations, Nipissing has partnered with the City of North Bay to recognize the Class of 2020. North Bay Mayor Al McDonald will proclaim June 26 “Nipissing University Day” in a video address, the Nipissing University flag will be raised at City Hall, and signage on transit buses and at Memorial Gardens will celebrate this year’s graduates.