|COMPOSITION (SEE TERMS OF REFERENCE)
|Chancellor, Chair, ex officio
|John McCall MacBain
|President and Vice-Chancellor, ex officio
|Professor Deep Saini
|Provost and Executive Vice-President (Academic), ex officio
|Professor Christopher Manfredi
|Chair of the Board of Governors, ex officio
|President of the McGill Alumni Association, ex officio
|A University Co-Marshal
|Professor Edith Zorychta
Six representatives of Senate
|Professor Loydie Majewska (Pediatrics, FMHS) - 2024
|Professor Barbara Hales (Pharmacology and Therapeutics, FMHS) - 2025
|Professor David Covo (Architecture, ENGINEERING) - 2025
|Professor Chandra Madramootoo (Bioresource Engineering, AES) - 2026
|Professor Anne McKinney (Pharmacology and Therapeutics, FMHS) - 2026
|Professor Daniel Weinstock (LAW) - 2026
|One Undergraduate Student
|Muhammad Saif Qureshi (Engineering)
|One Graduate Student
|Edyta Rogowska, Secretary-General
|Heidi Emami, Associate Registrar
Terms of Reference
The Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee (“Committee”) is a Standing Committee of Senate. Its mandate is to recommend to Senate outstanding individuals for the conferral of McGill honorary degrees, the highest honour that the University can bestow. It shall also advise on convocations matters as required.
Individuals nominated for honorary degrees have lifetime records of outstanding scholarly, scientific or artistic achievement, or of exceptional contributions to the public good through professional or philanthropic activity, that make them worthy candidates and position them to contribute to McGill’s reputation and distinction both at home and internationally.
The Committee shall meet in closed session and all matters related to individuals nominated for honorary degrees shall be treated in strict confidence by the Committee.
II. SPECIFIC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
The Committee shall:
- Solicit, receive and review nominations for the conferral of honorary degrees from the Faculties, from individual members of the McGill community, from members of Senate, from the McGill Alumni Association and from members of the broader community;
- Select candidates for the conferral of honorary degrees and submit them to Senate for approval;
- Recommend the particular honorary degree that should be awarded to each candidate submitted to Senate for approval;
- Recommend to Senate the revocation of an honorary degree in situations where maintaining the honorary degree would be prejudicial to the University’s reputation and/or found to be in contradiction to the University’s mission or values.
- Receive, review and recommend to Senate for approval nominations from the Principal’s Advisory Committee for the conferral of the McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement (The McGill Medal);
- Receive, review and recommend to Senate for approval nominations from the Adjudication Committee for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning for the conferral of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning;
- Approve, on behalf of Senate, dates for convocation ceremonies;
- Advise Senate and the appropriate administrative unit of the University as required, on convocation matters;
- Develop guidelines, as necessary, for the purpose of operationalizing its mandate;
- Meet at least twice a year (in closed session).
The Committee shall be composed of 14 members, as follows:
- Chancellor (Chair of the Committee), ex officio
- President and Vice-Chancellor, ex officio
- Provost and Executive Vice-President (Academic), ex officio
- Chair of the Board or delegate, ex officio
- A University Co-Marshal, ex officio
- President of the McGill Alumni Association, ex officio
- Six representatives of Senate, to be nominated by the Senate Nominating Committee and appointed by Senate to reflect the breadth of the University
- One graduate student
- One undergraduate student
The Secretary-General shall serve as Secretary and governance advisor to the Committee.
The University Registrar and Executive Director, Enrolment Services, or delegate, shall serve as a resource person.