University confers honorary degrees

Convocation will be held on June 12 and 13

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) has chosen honorary degree recipients to recognize during convocation ceremonies on June 12 and 13.

Doug Hamilton was the founding chair of Fraser Valley College board in 1974, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.  Charllotte Kwon, the founding director of the Maiwa Foundation, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. Dr. George Siemens, who is a leading researcher on learning technology, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.

Hamilton was an Abbotsford community leader who was elected chair of a steering committee of a provincial task force appointed to consider the feasibility of establishing a college in the Fraser Valley, which would later become UFV.

Kwon is being honoured for her work dedicated to the preservation of traditional craft and the eradication of poverty through empowering artisans in developing nations. Kwon also supervises UFV fashion design students who complete practica at her place of business, and has hired and mentored UFV fashion grads.

Siemens is an educator and researcher in the area of learning, technology, networks, and analytics. While teaching at the University of Manitoba, he and a colleague offered what is recognized as the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). He is the principal investigator of the MOOC Research Initiative, a project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research that assesses the impact of MOOCs on teaching and learning.

UFV’s convocation ceremonies will be held at the Abbotsford Centre on Thursday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. and Friday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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