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Ms. Buckley joined Carleton College in 1946 on a part-time basis as Assistant Registrar. She became full-time staff in 1947, and continued to serve as Carleton's Assistant Registrar until 1964, when she became Carleton University's Acting Registrar. In 1977, Ms. Buckley was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Board of Governors. She served in this capacity until her retirement. Ms. Buckley played a very influential role in establishing the University's practices in admissions, registration and graduation. She was also instrumental in developing Carleton's system of class-scheduling, examinations, and record-keeping. She was associated with the planning and presentation of virtually every one of Carleton's convocations since the first one in 1946. In recognition of her long and faithful service to Carleton University, Ms. Buckley was awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree upon her retirement in 1984.
Elizabeth Buckley was born in Toronto, Ontario, on September 5, 1918. She received her primary education at Hopewell Avenue Public School, and a secondary education at Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. Upon graduation, in 1940 Ms. Buckley went to work for the Bank of Canada in the War Savings Division. In 1943, Ms. Buckley enlisted with the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS), where she reached the rank of Lieutenant upon discharge in 1946. During this period, she earned a B.A. from Queen's University in 1944.