Congrats to all our 2012 fall graduates!
Yesterday, 1,600 students graduated at the 2012 Fall Convocation. More than 800 graduates attended one of the two ceremonies at Place des Arts to receive their diplomas from our University chancellor H. Arnold Steinberg.
This fall, two recipients received honorary doctorates: Michael Meighen, former Canadian senator, lawyer and cultural patron; and Daniel Lamarre, Canadian businessman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil.
I heard word that our youngest graduates this fall were 20 years of age, and the oldest graduate was 77 years old and received a Ph.D.
People attending one of the two ceremonies might have noticed the beautiful scarves that our Aboriginal graduates were wearing. The First Nations graduation scarves were introduced in spring 2010, acknowledging the importance of Aboriginal students and their ties to the University. The scarves were designed by Tammy Beauvais, a Mohawk designer from Kahnawake.
“Graduating class, know that you are part of a long tradition of academic excellence and leadership contribution that is expressed through McGill here in Quebec, across all of Canada, and, in every country of the world,” said Prof. Munroe-Blum during her address. “ Congratulations. Please stay in touch with your alma mater. You may be sure that we will stay in touch with you.”
Congrats to all graduates, as well as to the honorary doctorate recipients, of the fall 2012 cohort!