Aline Chrétien was formally installed as Laurentian University's new chancellor during the university's fall convocation ceremonies during the morning of Oct. 30.
Aline Chrétien was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, former prime minister Jean Chrétien.
She spoke to the graduates about the importance of hard work and character.
“Every generation in history has rose meet the challenges of its time,” she said. “I now ask you to rise and meet your challenges - I believe you will.”
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy,was on hand for the installation, and presented a scroll to Aline Chrétien on behalf of the office of the Premier.
Milloy was the legislative assistant to Jean Chrétien from 1997 to 2002.
During the afternoon convocation ceremony, Muhktar Bibi was awarded an a honourary doctorate for her advocacy work and efforts in setting up a network of primary schools for girls in her native Pakistan, all against considerable odds.
The university's president, Dominic Giroux, said “it was really impressive to hear the response of the graduates to the challenge issued by Mrs. Chrétien – I know we’re in good hands for the future.”