Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 16, 2013 15:53 ET

Minister MacKay Salutes the 94th Class of the Royal Military College of Canada

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Chancellor of the Royal Military College of Canada, presented more than 300 graduating students with their Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees at the College in Kingston today.

The graduates included commissioned officers, civilians as well as officer cadets and naval cadets who will be commissioned as officers in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) tomorrow. Minister MacKay called on the Class of 2013 to apply what they have learned at the Royal Military College of Canada as future leaders for Canada and the CAF.

"The Royal Military College of Canada had high expectations of all of you, and you have all met those challenges head-on," said Minister MacKay. "You will go on from here to be leaders and I'm proud to celebrate this significant milestone with you."

The Minister also presented Honorary Doctorates to recognize the contributions of two outstanding individuals: Dr. Margaret Somerville, AM (Member of the Order of Australia), FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada) Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Founding Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University; and Mr. William (Bill) Coyle, Provincial Vice Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and active member of the commercial and military aerospace communities.

"I offer sincere congratulations to our two honorary degree recipients," said Minister MacKay. "Each of these individuals has lead with distinction in their fields and made great strides for the betterment of research and professionalism."

Notes to editor / news director: For more information on the events, contact Captain Yvette Grygoryev, Royal Military College of Canada Public Affairs Officer at 613-541-6000 x. 6484; cellular 613-449-7593; email

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