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.

Name: Kim Coates, Bachelor of Arts
Convocation date: June 6, 2017
Discipline / contribution: Drama
Citation / biographical information:
Coates was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to Fred and Joyce Coates. He had never seen a play before attending the University of Saskatchewan, where he enrolled in a drama course as an elective. Once inspired, he dove into theatre. He admits that he took drama by chance in university and, after two years, he knew he wanted to be an actor. Coates portrayed Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and was the youngest ever to play title role of Macbeth at the Stratford Festival in his native Canada. Coates made his screen debut in the film The Boy in Blue (1986). Even though it was a very small role, it opened up opportunities for him, and he has appeared in over 100 titles to date
Degree received: Doctor of Letters

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