In a special ceremony at the Vancouver Convention Centre today, the region’s largest universities came together for an historic moment.
Both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University bestowed their highest honours on His Highness the Aga Khan, awarding him with honorary doctorate of laws degrees in one joint ceremony.
“It is truly a wonderful day to be able honour His Highness the Aga Khan who so exemplifies the values of our universities in terms of believing in education in the instrument for social betterment,” SFU President Andrew Petter said.
“Specifically, and for the first time in our two institutions history, we are here to confer honorary degrees from both of our universities,” UBC President Santa Ono said. “I can think of no candidate who so deserves this unprecedented joint recognition than His Highness the Aga Khan.”
“I think it takes someone of the stature of the Aga Khan to get two universities to actually figure out how to bring their convocations together,” Petter said. “The Aga Khan is well known for his commitment to reconciliation, but to reconcile two convocation ceremonies is really quite an accomplishment. And as much as we are honouring him, he is honouring us.”
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