Former Premier John Hamm, of New Glasgow, will be among the five distinguished honorary degree recipients at King’s 225th Encaenia ceremony on May 15.
King’s will also give honorary degrees to the Hon Michael A Meighen, Dr Carol Ann Charlebois; David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Malala Yousafzai.
“In this important anniversary year,” says President George Cooper, “we celebrate 225 years of empowering people through education. The Loyalists arrived in Nova Scotia in 1789 and built King’s before Canada was a country, believing that education was essential for their future. At Encaenia, we will honour five individuals who also believe that education is essential, not only for the future, but for basic human dignity as well. By accepting these honorary degrees, these outstanding individuals honour King’s and everything we believe in.”
Hamm will receive a Doctor of Civil Law (honoris causa) for his service to King’s, his community and the province. Hamm retired in 2013 after serving two terms as chair of the King’s board of governors. He served as a family doctor before entering politics and becoming Nova Scotia’s 25th premier in 1998. Under his leadership, the government invested in education and health care and balanced the provincial finances. Following his retirement from politics, Hamm served as chairman of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.