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April 20, 2009

gentlepeople, of this announcement that came out today?

At Encaenia Ceremony A [in Fredericton], on Wednesday, May 27, at 2 p.m., UNB will award a doctor of laws degree to alumnus Shawn Graham, premier of New Brunswick.

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7 Comments
  1. Cicciolino permalink
    April 20, 2009 11:13 am

    A serious disconnect!

  2. Linda Hansen permalink
    April 20, 2009 11:54 am

    The criteria for nomination are:

    1. what distinction has the person achieved as an academic, scientist, artist, educator, administrator, or public servant, or in any other recognized way?
    2. what significant contribution has the person made, directly or indirectly, to the betterment of the life of the University, the local community, the Province, the region, Canada, or the world?

    If you believe Shawn Graham does not meet this criteria, and you are an alumna / alumnus, write to the Associated Alumni and ask them to officially and publicly distance the association from the University’s ill-advised action.

    Linda Hansen

  3. Lee Chalmers permalink
    April 20, 2009 2:24 pm

    I offer, not thoughts, but questions: (1) Isn’t playing politics in this arena one sure way to kick the “honor” out of “honorary degree”? (2) Is salvation possible (or worth it) if, in the process of trying to attain it, you sell your soul? (3) What effect will this have on (gasp) the UNB brand? (4) Yuk, what’s that on the bottom of my shoe?

  4. April 20, 2009 7:44 pm

    Oh, they know how to doctor the laws alright:

    http://censurergeneral.blogspot.com/2009/04/on-anniversary-of-nb-kleptocrat-pension.html

    I guess whatever assignment big business has for him next requires better than a frat boy / gym teacher’s academic credetials:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Graham#Early_career

  5. Edith Brideau permalink
    April 21, 2009 3:55 pm

    I am shocked and to be more precise, disgusted at the idea that anyone could even conceive the idea of providing Premier Shawn Graham an honorary doctorate. Are we so quick to forget that his government so recently tried to close down our campus? Are we so oblivious to the fact that it could occur again…oh yes, by the way Mr. Premier, here is our token of gratitude, an honorary degree for you for trying to rob my neighbors kids, my child, and what could have been my very own education away (yes I am being sarcastic).

    This is an insult to the Saint John campus, its employees, current students, and future students and lest not forget, that this gesture is also an insult to our peers in the North who also fought very hard to keep their campuses alive.

    My name is Edith Brideau. I am an Instructor at UNBSJ and I strongly oppose this ridiculous idea. The person who came up with it surely does not uphold collegiality and respect for our two campuses and that of our neighboring French colleagues.

  6. K Hansen permalink
    April 22, 2009 1:55 pm

    I find the university administration’s decision regarding the award of this honourary degree to be entirely consistent with the bulk of their decisions during the past 30 years.

  7. Marshall Tremblay permalink
    April 22, 2009 5:23 pm

    I want to put something out there that you may already be aware of. It seems that there is an aspect of tradition to this “honor”, as Frank McKenna received this distinction in 1988, while Bernard Lord was awarded an Honorary LLD in 2001.

    You’ll notice that the dates of such awards were at the Encaenia directly following the election of the Premier at the time. If the University argues that this is a traditional honour, they must then address the issue of why it was not conferred in 2007, the year after Shawn’s election.

    Was there something going on in that year? Something…important. Perhaps controversial, within the PSEC community? I don’t know.

    It seems they have gambled that enough time has passed that we’ve all forgotten that era by now. But, we must ask, if this was inappropriate in 2007, what has changed in 2009? He’s still the same guy.

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