It’s at once the most exciting and relieving moment of any university career. To the unbridled delight of their friends and family, soon-to-be alums don traditional academic regalia and collect what took most of them three or four years to earn: a McGill University diploma. And thus concludes their time as students.
This spring, 12 convocations – 11 at the University’s downtown campus, one at Macdonald – took place at McGill over a one-week period. They drew more than 10,000 graduates and guests. For some, the occasion was sentimental, while for others it was exuberant.
There were hugs, handshakes, smiles and a tear or two. But, more than anything, there was pride. After all, many students are the latest in long family lines of McGill graduates. Others became the first in the families to hold a university degree.
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