Huntington University Presents Honorary Degree to Dr. Rayudu Koka

Dr. Rayudu Koka, a respected local psychiatrist and community builder is the recipient of Huntington University’s highest honour for achievement – an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters.  The award was presented September 24th during a convocation ceremony held in Greater Sudbury, in recognition of Dr. Koka’s many accomplishments and contributions to the city and Northern Ontario.

“Huntington University has a strong legacy of academic excellence and community engagement. Among the university’s traditions is the bestowment of an honorary degree upon an individual who merits special recognition for genuine achievement consonant with the mission of Huntington,” said Dr. Kevin McCormick, university President and Vice-Chancellor.  “Dr. Rayudu Koka exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding community leader and as such, we are proud and honoured to present him with an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters.  We will also establish a scholarship in his name, for students who are involved with mental health initiatives and projects in their communities.”

“I would like to thank the Board of Huntington University for the honour bestowed upon me,” said Dr. Koka. “It is a privilege to be associated with the University and I look forward to becoming an ambassador to this fine institution,” he added.

Patricia Mills was also celebrated at the convocation ceremony.  The former publisher of Northern Ontario Business, Northern Ontario Mining Solutions Journal and the Sudbury Living Magazine Group, is the recipient of The Edward J. Conroy Community Leadership Award – an honour in recognition of those who exemplify true leadership through community action.

“I have been fortunate to have been mentored by many amazing people throughout my life who taught me that true leadership doesn’t involve titles, money or influence,” said Mills.

“I’m truly honoured that my passion for this community and my community work is appreciated, especially with so many outstanding community builders in our city.”

Honourees, Dr. Rayudu Koka and Ms. Patricia Mills


Click here to view photos from the event.

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