At 10am this morning a procession of graduate students and faculty walked towards Grant Hall. It was time for these Masters and Doctoral candidates to be awarded their degrees.
In all a total of 285 students graduated today. The breakdown of degrees are:
74 Doctoral (PHD), 7 Masters of Law (LLM), 29 Masters of Art (M.A), 10 Masters of Education (M.ED), 2 Masters of Environmental Studies (MES), 67 Masters of Science (MSC), 42 Masters of Applied Science (MASC), 14 Masters of Engineering (MENG), 21 Masters of Public Administration (MPA), 14 Masters of Public Health (MPH), and 5 Masters of Planning (MPL).
The Governor General’s academic gold medals were also given out today. These medals are awarded to two graduate students at Queen’s University who achieve the highest academic standing in their Master’s or Doctoral program. Today we congratulate Christina Guzzo (on right), PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and Carla Taunton (on left), PhD in Art History.
As part of the proceedings, a Thanksgiving Address (Ohenton Karihwatekwen) spoken in the Mohawk language, opened convocation. The High Rock Singers (Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre) performed an honour song around a central drum. We were also honoured today with the address by Assembly of First Nations Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Janice C. Hill, gifted National Chief Atleo, with a beautiful Pendleton blanket. Métis graduate student, Paul Joseph André Chaput (MA, Geography), also received a blanket from Ms. Hill. National Chief Atleo then visited Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, where he placed his painted handprint onto the canvas (displaying the Indigenous graduands (Alumni) who have come before us, and was gifted a book by Marlene Brant-Castellano, Elder and Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University.
From Left to Right:
Chief Atleo receiving his degree from Vice Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Dr Brenda Brouwer
Metis graduate, Paul Chaput showing his Pendleton blanket
The High Rock Singers
Congratulations to you all. Best wishes for your future endeavours and stay in touch!