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Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degree recipients are recognized for their contributions in such areas as public service, education and scholarship, creative and performing arts, and for their work within the McMaster community.
For a list of all honorary degrees conferred by McMaster at Convocation ceremonies, please refer to the document Honorary Degree Recipients (Chronological) 1892-Present.

Past Chancellors and Vice Chancellors

The Chancellor is titular head of the University who, through the authority of the University Senate, formally confers degrees, diplomas, and certificates at convocation ceremonies. When the Chancellor is unable to preside over convocation ceremonies, the President & Vice Chancellor of the University assumes this role. A list of people who have served as Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors is available on the University Secretariate website.


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