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For Release:  May 2, 2001

Acadia grants four Honourary Degrees during Spring Convocation

(Wolfville, NS) – At spring convocation on May 13-14, the latest group of Acadia graduates earning their degrees will officially become Acadia alumni. Joining this year’s graduating class are four honourary degree recipients.

At the convocation exercises for the Arts and the Acadia Divinity College on Sunday May 13, Honourable William L. Hoyt will receive a Doctor of Civil Laws and Rev. William E. O’Grady will be granted a Doctor of Divinity.

During the Monday, May 14, convocation exercises for the faculty of Science, Mr. Hector Jacques will be awarded a Doctor of Civil Laws and during the Professional Studies convocation ceremony, Col. Ian S. Fraser will receive a Doctor of Civil Laws.

The Hon. William Lloyd Hoyt graduated from Acadia in 1952 with a B.A. and M.A. (both with majors in History). Hoyt read law at Cambridge University and then returned to his native province of New Brunswick where he had a distinguished legal career prior to an appointment to the Queen’s Bench. In 1978, the Canadian Bar Association appointed Mr. Hoyt to a committee creating the blueprint for the Canadian Constitution. Hoyt was appointed the Chief Justice of the Province of New Brunswick in 1993 and served until 1998. He is now serving as a member of an international tribunal to investigate the events surrounding Bloody Sunday in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Mr. Hoyt holds Honourary Doctorates of Laws from both St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick.

Rev. William E. O’Grady was born in Kentville, NS and graduated from Acadia University with a B.A. in 1951 and his B.D. in 1953. Rev. O’Grady was ordained to pastoral ministry by the Kentville United Baptist Church in 1953 serving various Maritime churches throughout his ministry. He became the first Associate Superintendent of the Home Mission Board of the Maritime Baptist Convention, a position he held from 1967-1989. He also served the Maritime Baptist Convention as Administrator-Treasurer from 1974-1989. As a long-time supporter of Acadia, Rev. O’Grady has served on the Board of Governors of Acadia University and the Board of Trustees of Acadia Divinity College.

Mr. Hector Jacques is President and Chief Executive Officer and Principal Geo-Technical Engineer of the Jacques Whitford Group of Companies. Born in India, Mr. Jacques graduated from the University of Cambridge with a General Certificate in Education in 1960, the Indian Institute with a B. Eng. in 1966 and the Nova Scotia Technical College where he earned a M. Eng. in 1968. He has been the recipient of many professional engineering awards and his company received one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies Awards in 1993. A leader in environmental engineering, his firm’s roles in projects such as the PEI Fixed Link have helped transform our way of life.

Col. Ian S. Fraser, born in Westville, NS, graduated from Acadia in 1956 with a B.A. (major in History). Following graduation, Col. Fraser enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces and graduated from the National Defence College and the Indian Army Staff College. He has received numerous military awards including Officer of the Order of Military Merit and the Canadian Forces Decoration. Col. Fraser became involved with the production of military Tattoos and is perhaps best known as the producer and director of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. In 1983 he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces with the rank of Colonel and established his own consulting firm.

During the spring convocation, 750 students will graduate from Acadia University in the faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science and Professional Studies, as well from the Acadia Divinity College.


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