Paul Martin Honored at UBC Education Fall Congregation 2012

The Honorable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, received an honorary degree during the Fall Congregation ceremony for Teacher Education graduates at UBC.

At the podium, the Honorable Paul Martin addresses students, staff, faculty and community members, as members of the UBC President's Office, senior leadership and Education faculty look on.

At the podium, the Honorable Paul Martin addresses students, staff, faculty and community members, as members of the UBC President’s Office, senior leadership and Education faculty look on.

Above photo: At the podium, the Honorable Paul Martin addresses students, staff, faculty and community members, as members of the UBC President’s Office, senior leadership and Education faculty look on.

Over 2,800 UBC students received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from twelve Vancouver faculties, including the Faculty of Education, during the Fall Congregation 2012 ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.

As part of his visit to UBC, Paul Martin toured the First Nations House of Learning with Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Gage Averill, Dean of Arts, and Dr. Linc Kessler, Director & Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs, and Associate Professor, First Nations Studies Program and English.

Paul Martin served as Canadian prime minister from 2003 to 2006. His achievements include a 10-year, $41 billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times, agreements with the provinces and territories to establish a national early learning and child care program, the Kelowna Accord, and creating a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities.

The university awards honorary degrees in recognition of substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national or international levels.