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Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 10 a.m.

Faculties & programs

  • Engineering & Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Software Engineering 
  • Humanities
  • Graduate Studies

Order of proceedings

  • Pre-ceremony music
    • Performer: McKenna Sheeley-Jennings, School of Music
  • Processional
    • Drummers: Scott Sam, Tsartlip First Nation and Kendra Page, Cowichan First Nation
  • Welcome
    • Councillor Alicia Thomas and Councillor Anastasia Thomas, Esquimalt First Nation
  • Opening remarks
    • Chancellor Marion Buller
  • Conferring of Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
    • James Carley
  • Orator
    • Dr. Cedric Littlewood, Faculty of Humanities
  • Conferring of degrees
    • Performer: Matthew Stott, School of Music
  • Student awards
  • Congratulations from the Alumni Association
    • Saeed Rezvani, MASc ‘21
  • Closing remarks
    • Chancellor Marion Buller
  • O Canada
    • Performer: Bella Kershaw, School of Music

Honorary degree recipient

James Carley stands in front of a wooden door, wearing a dark suit with a tie.

Dr. James Carley, Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)

Dr. James Carley, born and raised in Victoria, graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in English in 1969. He is widely recognized as an exceptional scholar and historian, specializing in book history, manuscript culture, and medieval libraries.

Dr. Carley, a Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University, Toronto. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Among his numerous accolades and accomplishments, he received the UK's Bibliographical Society prestigious Gold Medal in 2019.

Dr. Carley was made the 708th Master of the Worshipful Company of Barbers of London in 2016-17, the first Canadian ever to occupy this position and is now an Honorary Assistant of the Court. He has served as a council member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. His dedication to scholarship has been recognized on a national and international level, receiving both the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Pierre Chauveau Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to humanities.