The Order of the Ancient Commoner recognizes an alumnus/a or friend of the college who has given significant support to the College or to the Alumni Association above and beyond his or her position or affiliation.
The original Ancient Commoner, in the world of King’s lore, was an undergraduate student who, by choice, never graduated, and instead retreated to the cupola overlooking the quad. This student grew old and became the venerable guardian of all things King’s (lore, traditions, etc) and is also highly critical of King’s activities. Since the Ancient Commoner only looks favourably on those he considers to have made a significant contribution without regard for personal gain, the name of the award is apt.
Kevin Gibson (BAH ’93) was inducted into the Order of the Ancient Commoner at the King’s Alumni Annual Dinner on May 27, 2017. After graduating from King’s, Kevin received degrees in law from Oxford and Queen’s Universities. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001 and has practised law since that time in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, where he specializes in construction litigation. In 2016 he was called to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 2005 Kevin has also taught civil trial practice and construction law as a part-time faculty member in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie. Kevin had a 10-year term from 2006-16 as Secretary of the King’s Board of Governors. During that time he was a member of the university’s Executive and Governance Committees and served as chair of the Board of Appeal and Discipline. He remains a King’s ambassador through and through.
Read remarks delivered by Vice President Kim Kierans (BAH’ 83) at Kevin’s induction about her former colleague.