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UPDATED: 2013 Spring Convocation in pictures
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013
Golden Violin winner Baptiste Rodrigues plays for the audience during the Schulich Music School ceremony. / Photo: Owen Egan
By the time the last flying mortarboard landed back on earth and the final skirl of the bagpipe faded into the distance, more that 7,300 graduating students had accepted their degrees during this year’s Spring Convocation ceremonies from May 27 to June 3.
In addition to the awarding of degrees to students and teaching awards to some of the University’s exceptional faculty, McGill confered honorary degrees upon 11 exceptional individuals, including a world-renowned singer and humanitarian, a Nobel Prize-winning AIDS researcher, a best-selling essayist, a leading philosopher, and business innovators and leaders.
Finally, these ceremonies marked the last for Heather Munroe-Blum as Principal and Vice-Rector of the University, who will step down on June 30 after more than a decade at the helm of McGill.
The following is a selection of pictures from Spring Convocation 2013.
Graduating Arts students on their way to receive their diplomas. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
Amir Danak. PhD in Engineering, surrounded by members of his family. / Photo: Owen Egan
Chancellor Emeritus, Richard Pound shares a laugh with Judith Potter, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. / Photo: Owen Egan.
Allyson Cafferty Howlett, BSc – Computer Science, flanked by grandfather Thomas Cafferty and mother Kimberly Cafferty. / Photo: Owen Egan
Hoi Kong, teaching Award winner in Law. / Photo: Owen Egan
Mervin St. Luce, Phd – Soil Science, with Esther St. Luce and son Miguel Giovanni St. Luce. / Photo: Jim Hynes
Health Sciences valedictorian Rachel Cotton addresses the audience. / Photo: Owen Egan
Class of 2013 faculty of Law get ready in Redpath Hall. / Photo: Lysanne Larose
Bo Tang, BSc – Human Nutrition and mom Ya Jun Zheng. / Photo: Jim Hynes
Kip Cobbet, Arnold Steinberg and Heather Munroe-Blum enjoy another procession. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
The statue of founder Sir William Macdonald oversees the Mac Campus proceedings. / Photo: Jim Hynes
Sean Ferguson, Dean of McGill’s Schulich School of Music. / Photo: Owen Egan
Jagtaran Singh, B.C.L. LL.B. / Photo: Owen Egan
Singer and child rights activist Nana Mouskouri is hooded by Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Executive Director of the Research Institute of the MUHC. / Photo: Owen Egan
Calestous Juma accepts his honourary degree from Arnold Steinberg. / Photo: Owen Egan
L to R: New Law grads, Audrée Sirois, Jason Phelan, Arianne Bouchard and Raphaël Girard. / Photo: Owen Egan
Graduating Arts students file into the Convocation tent. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
Law prof Rod Macdonald shares a laugh with benefactor Gordon Echenberg (BA’61, BCL’64). / Photo: Owen Egan
Author and Honorary Degree recipient Adam Gopnik addresses the crowd during the Faculty of Education ceremonies. / Photo: Owen Egan
New Electrical Engineering grad Yunji Lee celebrates with, from left to right, her father Youngjae Lee, boyfriend Stephen Taing, grandmother Ikyeol Lee, mother Heesook Lim, and friends Vera Titova and Bérénice Irakabaho. / Photo: Jim Hynes
Back, L to R: Stephanie Nowak and Nancy Czemmel; (Front L to R): Manon Gariépy, Pasqualina Chiarelli and Jane Donga worked as Ambassadors for the LAw ceremony. / Photo: Lysanne Larose
The platform party at Mac is led by piper Jeff McCarthy. / Photo: Owen Egan
Heather Munroe-Blum is participating in her final Convocation ceremonies as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill. / Photo: Owen Egan
Winston Purdy leads the room in the singing of O Canada at the end of another Convocation ceremony. / Photo: Owen Egan
Graduating Health Sciences students file into the Convocation tent on Tuesday afternoon. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum. / Photo: Owen Egan.
The Graduating Class of 2013 during the Health Sciences ceremony. / Photo: Owen Egan
From left to right: Sonia Lebel , Shabeena Iqbal, Valerie Watters, Neluni Karunaratne, Maria Harewood and Virginie Tousignant are all smiles after the Health Sciences ceremony. / Photo: Owen Egan
Laura Mancini accepts her Doctor of Dental Medicine. / Photo: Owen Egan
Nobel Prize laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi accepts her Honorary Doctorate from Chancellor H. Arnold Steinberg and Mark Wainberg, Director of the McGill University Aids Centre. / Photo: Owen Egan
Jeffrey Scanlon leaps high to snag a Frisbee on Lower Campus after receiving his BA & B.Sc. / Photo: Owen Egan
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and Kip Cobbett, Chairman of McGill’s Board of Governors, enter the Convocation tent. / Photo: Owen Egan
A big day for the Lydon family as daughter Megan received her B.Sc. Environment during the same ceremony that her father John, from the Dept. of Psychology received his Teaching Award. / Owen Egan
(L to r) Continuing Studies Teaching Award winners Maria Eduarda Nunes and Jocelyne Philie with Honora Shaughnessy, DAR, and Carmen Sicilia, Career and Professional Development. / Photo: Owen Egan
Ola Mohammad Zain El-Din, B.Sc. Physiology, and her family. / Owen Egan
The end of one journey marks the beginning of another. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum presents Robert Deluce, founder of Porter Airlines, with his diploma for the B.Sc. he completed in 1971 but was unable to pick up at the time. The next day, he was awarded an Honorary Degree. / Photo: Owen Egan
Faculty of Science PhDs on parade. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
Alexandra Apkarian, B.Sc. adjusts her robe. / Photo: Owen Egan
Four-and-a-half-year-old Eidan Hitzmann and his sister two-year-old sister Jaelyn takes in the pomp of the platform party procession. / Photo: Owen Egan
Matthew S. Meselson, geneticist and Honorary Doctorate recipient, and wife Jeanne Guillemin, a medical anthropologist. / Photo: Owen Egan.
Graduating students from the Faculty of Science. / Photo: Neale McDevitt.
The platform party walks down from the Arts Building. / Photo: Neale McDevitt
Remi Frater, valedictorian of the BCom Class of 2013, addresses classmates during the Desautels Faculty of Management ceremony. / Photo: Owen Egan.