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. Here is a photo gallery of the proceedings.
Some graduating Science students make their way to their Convocation ceremony earlier today. McGill held three ceremonies (two Science and Continuing Studies) on Monday, the first of six consecutive Convocation days. For more Convocation coverage, including a gallery of photos, pick up a copy of the McGill Reporter’s special Convocation issue, on newsstands Thursday, May 30.
More than 200 children whose parents, other relatives or family friends work at McGill flocked to both campuses last Friday to take part in the University’s first ever Bring a Child to Work Day. See a gallery of photos from the event here.
Earth Day came a little early to McGill this year, when, on April 17, students voted overwhelmingly to continue to support the University’s ground-breaking Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) – a unique experiment in collaboration between students and administration to finance sustainability initiatives across both McGill campuses.
Whether they are made of tinted glass and concrete or framed by pillars and quarried stone, the facades of the buildings on McGill’s downtown campus tend to be grandiose, no matter when they were constructed. But the backs of these same buildings tell another story, one that’s more quirky and multi-layered – of years of quiet accommodation and expansion, of striving, bustling activity as the buildings have adapted to the needs of a changing population over the years. One of the best ways to discover the hidden history of McGill’s buildings, along with sweeping views of the city and some of the University’s hidden gardens is to visit the campus’ many parking lots.
The final exams period is upon us, and the people providing mental health support to McGill students are about to come under heightened pressure themselves, as the number of requests for help grows with every passing April day. Student mental health is a growing concern at universities across Canada and around the world.
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum chats with people following the In Her Own Words: Stories from Distinguished Research Careers event on April 2. Munroe-Blum was part of a panel that also included Nancy Adler, Laurie Hendren and Margaret Lock.
On March 22, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum received an honorary Scarlet Key during a pinning ceremony held at McGill’s Faculty Club. Twenty four McGillians also received Scarlet Key Awards during the ceremony.
On March 14, McGill hosted “Bravo,” its annual celebration of excellence in research and scholarship. The McGill community honoured 22 winners of major national and international prizes and awards during the previous year.
McGill researchers contributed to two of the year’s “Top 10 breakthroughs” in physics, announced Dec. 14 by Physics World magazine. The magazine awarded its 2012 Breakthrough of the Year designation to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) “for their joint discovery of a Higgs-like particle at the Large Hadron Collider.”