Count Herman Van Rompuy, D.C.L., LL.D.
Nobel Laureate Herman Van Rompuy will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 18, “in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to world peace through the arts of compromise and consensus, his fine scholarship, and writing, and his much celebrated work in international economic governance, national and global, political leadership.”
Van Rompuy was the 49th prime minister of Belgium from December 2008 to November 2009 and the first full-time president of the European Council, the institution of the European Union (EU), from 2009 to 2014.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 on behalf of the EU. In 2014, he won the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for his role at the EU. In 2015, King Philip of Belgium granted him the title of Count.
He is currently a professor at the universities of Leuven, Louvain, the College of Europe in Brussels, and the Paris Institute of Political Studies. He is also president of the European Policy Centre.
He holds 13 honorary doctorates from multiple universities. Van Rompuy is an honorary citizen in five countries and has written more than 12 publications.
Shelagh Rogers, O.C., LL.D., D.Litt., Ed.D.
Shelagh Rogers will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 18, “in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Canadian culture, Indigenous relations and advocacy for support of people struggling with mental health.”
A veteran broadcast journalist, she is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, an award-winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada.
In 2011, Rogers was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and her volunteer work in mental health, adult literacy and reconciliation. She was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
of Canada in 2011. She committed to creating a national memory of the residential school era so Canada will never forget or deny what happened.
Rogers has co-edited two books, Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School and Reconciliation and the Way Forward. In October 2016, she received the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy.
She holds honorary doctorates from the Western University, Mount Allison University, Memorial University, Nipissing University and Vancouver Island University. She was the 2014 recipient of the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award. On Jan. 1, 2015, she became the eleventh chancellor of the University of Victoria.