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Royal Roads honours husband, wife team

Jun 15 2012

A husband-and-wife combination and a noted academic received honorary degrees Thursday during spring convocation ceremonies held by Royal Roads University.

Eva Lee Kwok's degree came for her advocacy on behalf of female business leaders and her sterling educational career, while Stanley Kwok was recognized for his international reputation as an architect and urban planner. He played a key role in developments at Vancouver's False Creek and Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Myer Horowitz is a former president of the University of Alberta. He is an officer of the Order of Canada, and is currently an adjunct professor at Royal Roads as well as a member of the school's ethics board.

More than 700 students received degrees at the Royal Theatre.

The Royal Theatre will also be the site of convocation for Camosun College next week. More than 1,500 graduates and guests are expected to attend. Students in arts, science and business programs will graduate at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by a 4 p.m. ceremony for students in such areas as trades, technologies, health and human services, and aboriginal education.

The top scholastic honour - the Governor General's Bronze Academic Medal - goes to two students with identical A-plus averages. Bryan Dwyer has completed a diploma in business administration with a marketing option, while Erica McMonnies has earned the same diploma with an accounting option.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is going to Cheri Wu, a 1992 graduate of Camosun's dental hygiene program who has gone on to create her own company, Focus on Dental Hygiene. She entered Camosun as a single parent and continued her studies at the University of B.C.

Wu became a hygienist at the Victoria's Cool Aid community dental clinic, serving people with various life challenges, and began focusing her efforts on treating people with disabilities and those with HIV/AIDS.

jwbell@timescolonist.com

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