Convocation will take place on Sunday, May 14 and Monday, May 15 in Wolfville
Wolfville, NS, May 11, 2017 – History will be made at Acadia University on May 15, when Cynthia Bruce and Elizabeth “Betsy” Jardine will each receive their PhD in Educational Studies. These are the first PhDs ever awarded in the University’s 178-year history. This degree is offered jointly by Acadia, Mount Saint Vincent and St. Francis Xavier Universities through the Nova Scotia Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies.
Acadia’s first PhD recipients
Recognizing excellence in teaching
The Associated Alumni of Acadia University has chosen Ann Dodge, Professor in the Faculty of Professional Studies, to receive its 2017 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award, established in 1986, is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated a number of professional and teaching accomplishments throughout their career.
Acadia will confer the distinction of Professor Emeritus to Dr. William Brackney of the Acadia Divinity College and Dr. Paul Hobson from the Department of Economics. This honour recognizes a retiring or retired Professor, Librarian, or Archivist for their distinguished academic career and exemplary service to Acadia University and recipients are nominated and selected by their faculty peers.
The Baccalaureate Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 14 in Convocation Hall. This service of worship recognizes that graduates have a greater calling beyond themselves and reminds the graduating class of its responsibility to make a contribution to society and to be prepared to make an extra effort toward the betterment of humanity. Dr. William H. Brackney will be guest speaker for the service. He is the Dr. Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics as well as the Director of the Acadia Centre of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies and will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Lindsey Larder-Hylands (’17) will be the Cap and Gown speaker.
Honorary Degree recipients
Each convocation ceremony will include the presentation of Honorary Degrees. This year’s recipients were announced on May 5, 2017, and are being recognized for their lifetime commitment to academic, social, and scientific achievement.
Faculties of Arts and Theology, Sunday, May 14, 3 p.m.
Faculty of Science, Monday, May 15, 10 a.m.
Faculty of Professional Studies, Monday, May 15, 2:30 p.m.
This year will mark the final Convocation for Acadia’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor, Ray Ivany, as he will retire at the end of June.
To learn more about Honorary Degree recipients, the Convocation program or to watch a live-streaming webcast of each Convocation ceremony, visit the Convocation website.