Saturday, June 9, 2012

University convocation

I had the pleasure of attending the convocation at our university yesterday to witness my son, and his classmates graduate.

Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Education, to teach high school science and health.The university holds convocation over three days, and three faculties convocated this day, but the education students were the largest group. A laugh went through the crowd when the education students were asked to stand, due to the large number of students compared to the rest. 

Here is the Chancellor of the university. The three ornate chairs were donated to the university by a chancellor emeritus, who got them from the church he had attended as a child. The church, Carmichael United had had to close doors and he was able to acquire them. They are now always used for university functions.
 Here my son, is being "hooded". The Dean of Education drapes a hood or scarf over each graduate as they are called up, and the Chancellor says, "I accept you".

The faculty and graduates were "piped out"  at the end of the 2 hour ceremony. Those on stage must have been hot under the lights. I noticed the university President, an amazing woman, who has done wonderful things with the university, and spoke so encouragingly to the graduating classes, slump in her chair and wipe her forehead. I'll bet that she was glad to have come to the last day of convocation.

This was a lovely day! And the weather was great as well, warm and sunny, after days of rain.


Geraldine said...

Congrats to your son Brenda! I assumed he had completed university a long time ago, thought he was already teaching....but good it's a done deal now.

The weather looks nice in that photo! Not like what we are having in BC. :<(

Happy Weekend, G

Teri Casper said...

Congratulations to Paul!! what a wonderful accomplishment. He looks so happy. I know how proud you must be!!

The Boston Lady said...

Congratulations to your Paul, Brenda! He is about to embark on his next journey. I love that the bagpipes were on hand to send them off - they do the same thing here, I found out, when my daughter graduated. Ann

sandy said...

Congratulations to both of you! What an exciting in your lives!

I love the idea of the bag pipes. That must have been grand.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks everyone!
It was a great day!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Paul has been a student this past two years, taking this Education degree as an "After degree" student. He did teach full time in a highschool as an intern in the fall semester of this year, and then this spring completed the remainder of his classes. :)

Geraldine said...

A wonderful accomplishment. You must be so proud Brenda.

Happy Week, G :<)

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks again, Geraldine,
B :)