Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 21, 2009 10:51 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General Receives an Honorary Doctorate From the University of Moncton

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Moncton, in New Brunswick, and will deliver the convocation address at the Stadium of the Centre de l'education physique et des sports Louis-J.-Robichaud on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 1 p.m.

In her speech, the Governor General will stress the importance of education and the valuable role Acadians play in the development of the Canadian and international Francophonie. Her Excellency will also award the Governor General's Academic Medal to two students who distinguished themselves in graduate studies and bachelor programs.

About the Governor General's Academic Medal

Lord Dufferin, Canada's third governor general after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. The medal is awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level.

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