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.


J.A. Maclean, at 1913 convocation ceremony (Photograph Collection, detail of B-143)
Name: James Alexander Maclean
Convocation date: May 11, 1934
Discipline / contribution: education
Citation / biographical information:
The Joint Committee of the Senate and Council on Honorary Degrees agreed to recommend that the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws be conferred upon President Maclean of the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Maclean was appointed President of the University of Manitoba in 1913. The first years of his term of office were filled with the anxieties and disturbances of the Great War; the last four with the burdens and difficulties of the Great Depression.
Dr. maclean found the University a degree conferring body engaged in teaching a restricted number of subjects housed in a small building on an impossible site, overshadowed by an imposing group of denominational Colleges and Professional Schools, and dependent for its income upon a modest endowment of land and the meagre grants of an indifferent Legislature.
Within the twenty-one years of his Presidency the University has become the third largest in numbers among the English speaking Universities of Canada, has been transformed into a truly provincial University, supported and controlled by the state, housed in massive buildings on a spacious campus with buildings for Arts and Science rivalling in beauty and utility the best in Canada, and responsible under its charter for all the professional schools of the province. Its professors - Buller, Swale, Vincent, Allen, O'Donoghue, Wallace, Grant, Martin and Lodge have received world wide recognition for their contributions to Science, History and Philosophy.
These outstanding achievements have been accomplished during years when the University was exposed to every misfortune that war, depression, public indifference, divided councils and the dishonesty of officials could inflict.
President Maclean's patience, wise counsel and sound judgement were steadying influences in these times of great difficulty and distress.
[Senate minutes, 10 May 1934]
Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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