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.


H.H. Saunderson - Portrait, 1967 (Photograph Collection, A-10795)
Name: Hugh Hamilton Saunderson, BSc, MSc, PhD
Convocation date: May 19, 1967
Discipline / contribution: university administration
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: I present Hugh Hamilton Saunderson, university professor, research worker, outstanding academic administrator and long time personal friend. He is a native son of Manitoba and received his public school and university education in that province. Following the completion of the programs for the Masters of Science at Manitoba and the PhD at McGill, he served in all academic ranks at his parent university becoming Professor of Chemistry in 1945 and was appointed Dean of Arts and Science the same year, a position he held for two years. Four years as Director of Information Services of the National Research Council were followed by three years when he was on loan by that organization to the Department of Defense Production in the area of chemicals, explosives and ammunition. With this appropriate apprenticeship he returned in 1954 to the University of Manitoba as President where he has faced the formidable problems of expansion with foresight, steadfastness and humor. Throughout his career he has accumulated honors. A Governor General’s bronze medal and the University Gold Medal in Arts, National Research Council Scholarship and honorary degrees from the University of Alberta and McGill attest to his ability and the recognition of it. He is currently a member of the National Research Council. The citizens of Winnipeg have likewise recognized his contribution to the cultural life and the welfare of the community by electing him to the presidency of numerous important organizations and appointing him to Advisory Boards. His university colleagues formally recognized his stature as an academic administrator by electing him President of the National Conference of Canadian Universities and Colleges and Chairman of the Canadian Universities Foundation in 1959. Dr. Saunderson has shown keen interest in the development and expansion of university work in Canada, and has been particularly generous with his time in attending a number of historic occasions on our campus. Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Hugh Hamilton Saunderson, scholar, and academic administrator and ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: W.A. Riddell, principal, Regina Campus
Degree presented at: University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus

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