Reggie Leach, a First Nations hockey star who left school after eighth grade, to receive honorary degree

A Globe and Mail story on honorary degrees noted that this year’s UBC honorary degree recipients showed “gender, regional and ethnic balance from a wide range of fields.”

“We want to honour people who represent the best of what we stand for and also bring honour to ourselves by bringing those people into our university,” said Sally Thorne, a UBC nursing professor who chairs the UBC selection committee.