University of Winnipeg Honourary Doctorate, June 10th, 2016

On June 10,2016 , Susan A. Thompson received an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Winnipeg.

Among the most significant acts undertaken by our University is the awarding of honours to individuals who have achieved great distinction through their contributions to the University and/or the local or global community. Honorary degrees and fellowships are awarded at Convocation on the authority of the Senate, and the Senate selects those to be honoured on the recommendation of its Honorary Degrees Committee.

The University awards several different honours, notably Honorary Degrees and Fellowships. Honorary degrees (Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Science) are awarded to individuals from outside the University, who have made significant contributions to society; Fellowships (Fellow of United College and Fellow of The University of Winnipeg) are awarded to those former staff and volunteers, respectively, whose contributions have been primarily to The University of Winnipeg. Details are as follows:

  • DD (Doctor of Divinity) – This degree is conferred upon an ordained or consecrated member of the clergy for service in ministry. The DD was the only honorary degree conferred by this University prior to 1967.
  • LLD (Doctor of Laws) – This degree is conferred upon those recognized for service to the community, and for those recognized for scholarship in academic disciplines other than the sciences. The LLD is the most frequently given honorary degree, and was first conferred in 1968.
  • DSc (Doctor of Science) – This degree is conferred for scholarship in the sciences. The first DSc was conferred by this University in 1982.
  • LittD (Doctor of Letters) – This degree is conferred upon those the University wishes to recognize in the Literary, Performing, Visual or Fine Arts. The LittD has been conferred by this University several times since 1986.

– University of Winnipeg Website

Susan has always been most grateful to the University of Winnipeg for the impact it has had on her life and the importance it has played in making her life move forward in many significant ways.

She was deeply honoured to have received an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg.

Susan’s history with the University of Winnipeg began when she worked in a summer job at the library at the university. In 1967 she graduated from the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and then in 1971 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Susan went on to have careers in retail; politics; and as a Canadian diplomat in the USA.

In 2003, Susan returned to Winnipeg from the USA, to become the founding President and CEO of the University of Winnipeg Foundation.

The University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg received its charter in 1967 but its roots date back more than 130 years. The founding colleges were Manitoba College (1871), and Wesley College (1888), which merged to form United College in 1938.

The University of Winnipeg, located in the heart of Canada, is a compact, diverse, multicultural academic community committed to access and excellence. The University of Winnipeg is a provincially and privately funded post-secondary institution with undergraduate and select graduate programs, as well as Collegiate and Continuing Education divisions.

The University of Winnipeg is large enough to offer over 800 courses in more than 40 subject areas from Aboriginal Governance to Women’s Studies, yet small enough to make sure students connect with the University’s award-winning professors. Home to more than 9,200 full- and part-time students, UWinnipeg is consistently ranked in the Top Ten of all Canadian universities when students are asked about their “Entire Educational Experience” by both Maclean’s magazine and the Globe & Mail annual Report Card.

– University of Winnipeg Website

To have received and Honourary Doctorate from the University of Winnipeg is indeed an honour to be cherished for a lifetime.

– Susan A. Thompson




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