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Convocation brings buzz back to campus

Queen's welcomes back graduating students during 21 ceremonies from May 24 to June 6.

[Spring Convocation]
Spring Convocation 2018 will feature 21 ceremonies, with the first one kicking off Thursday, May 24, at 10 am in Grant Hall. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

The Class of 2018 will be returning to campus with their families and friends starting this week as Spring Convocation ceremonies get underway on Thursday, May 24.

With a total of 21 ceremonies the celebrations will continue to Wednesday, June 6. The majority of ceremonies will be held at Grant Hall, the exceptions being the two ceremonies on Tuesday, May 29 at the Main Gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). 

During Spring Convocation Queen’s will be conferring seven honorary degrees.

The recipients are:

  • Phil Gold, DSc, Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Oncology at McGill University, Thursday, May 24 at 2:30 pm.
  • Isabel Bassett, LLD, former chair and CEO of TVOntario, Member of Provincial Parliament, Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, Friday, May 25 at 4 pm.
  • Indira Samarasekera, DSc, former President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, former Vice-President (Research) at the University of British Columbia, Thursday, May 31 at 4 pm.
  • Valerie Tarasuk, DSc, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Friday, June 1 at 10 am.
  • John Baird (Artsci’92), LLD, former Member of Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Friday, June 1 at 2:30 pm.
  • Hugh Segal, LLD, Principal of Massey College former Associate Cabinet Secretary (Federal-Provincial Affairs), Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Monday, June 4 at 10 am.
  • Douglas Cardinal, LLD, award-winning architect, Wednesday, June 6 at 2:30 pm.

Live ceremony feeds will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each ceremony.

full schedule of the ceremonies and more information about Spring Convocation, for graduates, parents and family, as well as faculty members, is available on the Office of the University Registrar website.