Mount Saint Vincent University will highlight accomplished and exemplary academics and graduates at the Fall Convocation on Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Honorary degrees will be conferred on Dr. Martha Piper and Dr. Maria Klawe. We have selected these women because they are excellent role models for our students and faculty. They are leaders in every sense of the word and we are proud to celebrate their achievements,” says Alexa McDonough, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the Mount.

Dr. Piper, who successfully advocated for the Canada Research Chair Program and helped bring about the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, will receive a Doctorate in Humane Letters during the morning ceremony. Dr. Klawe, the president of California’s Harvey Mudd College who has made significant research contributions in the fields of mathematics and computer science, will be awarded an honorary degree during the afternoon ceremony.

Tracey Taweel will give the valedictory address to the graduating class during the morning ceremony. Tracey is a member of one of the first Master of Public Relations graduating class at the Mount and in Canada. Margaret Langley, who is graduating with a Master of Education degree, will deliver the valedictory address during the afternoon ceremony.

The Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Award for Teaching Excellence will be presented to Mme. Denise Nevo, who is a professor in the Mount’s Modern Languages department. This award recognizes superior teaching ability as well as contributions to the standards of higher learning. Donovan Plumb, a professor in the Education department, will receive the Instructional Leadership Award. This award recognizes an individual or group who has provided leadership among faculty colleagues by developing institutional structures and processes and pursuing activities that help create an environment in which teaching excellence is valued and fostered.

Mount Saint Vincent University Fall Convocation ceremonies are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Honorary degree recipients’ and valedictorians’ bios


For more information contact:
Akiko Lovett
t. 457-6439
c. 441-0505