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Kicking off convocation

Alex Da Silva installed as 36th rector of Queen's University as Spring Convocation gets underway.

  • Alex Da Silva installed as rector
    Alex Da Silva is installed as Queen's University's 36th rector at the beginning of the first ceremony of Spring Convocation 2018. (University Communications)
  • Phil Gold receives honorary degree
    Honorary degree recipient Phil Gold is congratulated by, from left, Principal Daniel Woolf, Rector Alex Da Silva, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Jenny Medves, Director of the School of Nursing and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. (University Communications)
  • A graduate is hooded by Peter Chin
    A graduate is hooded by the Faculty of Education's Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Peter Chin as Principal Daniel Woolf looks on. (University Communications)
  • Blanket for graduate
    Karissa Dawn Martin receives her blanket from Laura Maracle, Aboriginal Cultural Safety Coordinator at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. (University Communications)
  • Graduate photo with Chancellor Leech
    A graduate of the Doctor of Medicine program looks for his family as he poses for a photo with Chancellor Jim Leech. (University Communications)
  • A graduate from the School of Nursing
    A graduate is hooded by Cheryl Pulling, an associate professor in the School of Nursing as well as a piper for the convocation ceremonies at Queen's. (University Communications)

Spring Convocation started on Thursday with the first two ceremonies being held at Grant Hall.

The morning’s event saw graduates of the Faculty of Education cross the stage, as their friends, families, and loved ones looked on.

The ceremony also started off with the installation of Alex Da Silva as the 36th rector of Queen’s University. The rector is the third officer of the university, after the chancellor and principal, and is elected by students to represent them.

At each convocation ceremony, the rector sits on stage next to the chancellor and principal, addresses the attendees, and shakes the hands of graduates after they are hooded.

The afternoon ceremony brought together graduates of the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

The ceremony also saw an honorary degree conferred on Phil Gold, Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) and Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Oncology.

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.

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