Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


E.M. Culliton, August,1967 (Photograph Collection, a-2686)
Name: The Honorable Mr. Justice Edward Milton Culliton, B.A., LL.B.
Convocation date: May 11, 1962
Discipline / contribution: jurisprudence
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: A narrow margin of time and geography deprives us of the privilege of claiming Edward Milton Culliton as a native son. He was born in Grand Forks, Minnesota on April 9, 1906, but we nonetheless proudly claim him as thoroughly our own. His elementary and high school education, he obtained in Herbert and Elbow in Saskatchewan’s South. He came North to this University and obtained degrees in Arts and in Laws in 1926 and 1928. He articled in Gravelbourg with Thomas Gallane, K.C., and was admitted to the Bar in 1929. He practiced law in Gravelbourg in the old Gravel firm. In 1935 the young lawyer began his public career in the Legislature, and in 1938 he entered the Cabinet as Provircia1 Secretary. He resigned this portfolio to go into active service with the Canadian Army. It was a typical move made quietly to a place where he felt the need was great. With the war’s end Culliton, the soldier, returned to Gravelbourg and to law practice. He became King’s Counsel in 1947, and in 1948 he returned to the Legislature of Saskatchewan. In 1951 the Legislator and lawyer was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to become the first of a now long list of Saskatchewan graduates in important appellate posts. Judge Culliton followed the characteristically modest road of quiet work towards sound judgment. In the process he gained the respect and admiration of the legal profession which now looks upon him as the cornerstone of a sound Saskatchewan judiciary. With the mind of a good lawyer and the heart of a good man, Judge Culliton has lent wisdom and humanity to the law. He has continued his role of service to this province. His leadership in connection with the Jubilees of the Province and University is fresh in our minds, but our fullest appreciation goes to him for his devoted and effective service to this University as member and Chairman of the board of Governors. To men of his quality through the years, the University owes its stature and its independence. Eminent Chancellor on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you the Honourable Mr. Justice Edward Milton Culliton and ask that you confer on him the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Civil Law
Degree presented by: Otto Lang, Dean of Law

Return to main list: by date | by name