TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - What do Malcolm Gladwell, Craig and Marc
Kielburger and Nandan Nilekani have in common? All are influential
leaders, thinkers and acclaimed authors who inspire others to examine
the world in new ways. And each will receive an honorary degree from
the University of Toronto at Convocation this spring.
Craig, who graduated from U of T in 2006, and Marc, who graduated from
Harvard University and holds a law degree from Oxford University, will
receive honorary doctorates of laws on June 8 at 2 pm.
"The university is delighted to recognize the important work of Marc and
Craig Kielburger to ameliorate poverty and improve opportunities for
young people in many developing countries, " said President David
Naylor. "Their efforts have inspired children and youth around the
Gladwell, on staff at The New Yorker staff since 1996 and one of the world's most popular writers, will
receive his honorary doctorate of letters June 14 at 10am. The author
of internationally acclaimed books such as What The Dog Saw (2009), Outliers (2008), Blink (2005) and The Tipping Point (2000), Gladwell graduated from U of T's Trinity College in 1984.
"Malcolm Gladwell's work has had a global impact on how people think
about the social sphere and human potential," said Naylor. "Among our
living alumni, Malcolm Gladwell is surely one of the best known. I am
sure his remarks to our graduates will be memorable."
Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd., a global
corporation that has placed India at the forefront of information
technology services, will receive an honorary doctorate of laws on May
31 at 2:30 pm. Nilekani's book, Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation, sets out his vision for the future of India.
"Mr. Nilekani has made outstanding contributions to international
business and the social and economic development of India," Naylor
said. "His current work on information systems for India will have a
huge impact on the future of that great country. The University is
very pleased to recognize Mr. Nilekani for his remarkable
Approximately 12,512 students will graduate from the university at
ceremonies taking place from May 31 to June 17 in Convocation Hall, 31
King's College Circle. Members of the media are welcome to attend
convocation ceremonies but are asked to confirm their attendance in
advance by calling U of T media relations at 416-978-0100.
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