Honorary alumni

Each year, OCAD University recognizes distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts and to education. Awards are presented at the year-end convocation ceremonies, and the recipients are invited to address the graduating class. Previously, honorary fellowships were awarded. 

Since 2003, OCAD U has awarded honorary doctorates to reflect its new degree-granting status. Please see below for the names of the recipients, whom we are proud to call our honorary alumni:

Honorary doctorates (2003 to present)


Margaret Priest
Winsom Winsom


Iain Baxter&


Douglas Coupland
Duke Redbird


Catherine (Kiki) Delaney


Peter Caldwell
Piers Handling
Nobuo Kubota


Karl Beveridge
Carole Condé
Anita Kunz, OC
Buffy Sainte-Marie


Margaret Atwood
Dan Donovan
Charles Pachter


The Honourable James K. Bartleman
Claude Gidman
Daphne Odjig


George D. Butterfield
Bill Buxton


Madame Adrienne Clarkson
Karim Rashid


Rebecca Belmore
Ron Shuebrook


Will Alsop


Burton Kramer
Monte Kwinter
Lisa Steele

Honorary fellows (1973 to 2002)

OCAD U honorary fellows (PDF)


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