|Honorary Degree Recipient, W.R. Jackett, 1958 (Photograph Collection, A-1714)|
Convocation date: May 9, 1958
Discipline / contribution: public service ; jurisprudence
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you the Deputy Minister of Justice for Canada.Degree received: Doctor of Civil Law
It is a matter of some satisfaction to roe that Mr. Jackett is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan both in Arts and Law. After his graduation in Law in 1933 he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. On leaving Oxford lie returned to Saskatchewan and received his call to the Bar. Soon thereafter he went to Ottawa and his advance in the public service of Canada has been rapid.
Mr. Jackett is first and foremost a sound lawyer. His scholarship has been shown by his University work and by learned papers prepared over the years. As a craftsman his wide knowledge is combined with a capacity to inquire and analyse and form unbiased judgments.
In a country which believes in government under the rule of law the position held by Mr. Jackett as a senior official in the National Department of Justice is of tremendous importance. At all levels of government there seems to be a confidence in Mr. Jackett’s ability to discharge the great responsibilities of his position.
Eminent Chancellor, I ask that you confer the degree of Doctor of Civil Laws honoris causa on Wilbur Roy Jackett.
Degree presented by: F.C. Cronkite, Dean of Law
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