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Honorary Degree Recipients

The University of Regina Act gives Senate the power to grant honorary degrees and Senate and Executive of Council joint authority to approve candidates. The Chancellor confers honorary degrees as recommended by the President who makes selections from the approved candidate list.

Spring 2021 Honourary Degree Recipients



Dr Roberta Jamieson, OC

A member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Roberta Jamieson has been one of Canada’s leading advocates for Indigenous rights and education over the past five decades. She has charted many “firsts” in her career, including serving as the first Indigenous head of the Indian Commission of Ontario, and being the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. From 2004 to 2020, she served as President of Indspire, a national charitable organization that advocates for and supports accessible, culturally relevant education for Indigenous youth in Canada. She continues to serve as an advisor, volunteer, and Board member with a wide range of national organizations.


Dr Carol LaFayette-Boyd CSW’77, BSW’85

As a psychiatric nurse, social worker, world record-holding athlete, and community volunteer, alumna Carol LaFayette-Boyd is an inspiration to countless people in Saskatchewan and beyond. In a nursing and social work career spanning more than 30 years, she supported and helped change the lives of vulnerable people – in particular, children and families – as they faced a variety of complex challenges. A talented and decorated track and field athlete, she has won multiple World Masters Athletics Championship gold medals, set world records in her age category, and been named 2018 World Masters Athletics Athlete of the Year. In 2021, the Governor General of Canada awarded her the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of her longstanding commitment to “celebrating, researching and preserving the history, heritage and contributions of people of African ancestry through the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum.”


Dr Eric Grimson BSc’75 (High Honours)

One of the University of Regina’s most distinguished alumni, Saskatchewan-born Dr Eric Grimson is an internationally recognized expert in computer vision. His research in the area of medical image analysis helps neurosurgeons plan and execute delicate surgeries, and he and his students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed systems to measure brain structure changes in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. A longtime faculty member at MIT, Dr Grimson served as that institution’s Chancellor from 2011 to 2014, and has served as Chancellor for Academic Advancement since 2014. He also held a joint appointment as a lecturer in radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Past Honorary Degree Recipients (Alphabetically) File (445KB)
Past Honorary Degree Recipients (Chronologically) File (454KB)