Vīķe-Freiberga earns honorary doctorate at York

Former Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga will receive an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremonies June 18 at York University in Toronto, the school has announced. She is one of 10 persons receiving honorary degrees during a week of convocation ceremonies at the school.

Vīķe-Freiberga was elected president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003.

Born in Latvia, she moved to Canada at the age of 16 and attended University of Toronto and McGill University. She taught psychology at the Université de Montréal until 1998.

Vīķe-Freiberga will receive her honorary degree during a Faculty of Health convocation scheduled at 4:30 p.m. June 18 at York’s Keele Campus.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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