Mount Allison's Class of 2014 will receive their degrees during the University's Spring Convocation ceremonies, set for Monday, May 12 in Convocation Hall. Science and Commerce students will receive their degrees during the morning ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m., while Arts, Fine Arts, and Music students will be honoured during the afternoon ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m. Approximately 480 students will graduate that day.
Three Canadian leaders will also receive honorary degrees during the ceremonies. Nova Scotia artist and Mount Allison Class of 1957 graduate Dawn MacNutt; former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Right Honourable Paul Martin; and retired General John de Chastelain will join the Class of 2014 at Mount Allison.
Martin will address the morning Convocation while de Chastelain, grandfather of Kylie de Chastelain, 2014 graduand and Mount Allison's 52nd Rhodes Scholar, will speak during the afternoon ceremony.
Mount Allison University Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge and University President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell will preside over the ceremonies.
"The Class of 2014 is an exceptional group of students, who are moving on to many wonderful paths," says Dr. Campbell. "Throughout their time here they have contributed greatly to the Mount Allison community through their academic successes and community and philanthropic outreach. We look forward to welcoming them, and our outstanding honorary degree recipients, to the Allisonian community as proud alumni."
Honours psychology student and Gold A winner Thomas Williams of Miramichi, NB was selected by his peers as the 2014 valedictorian. Williams will return to campus in the fall as the University's mental health outreach intern in the Wellness Centre.
A number of events will be open to the public over Convocation and Reunion Weekend at Mount Allison. Halifax-based funk band the Mellotones will perform at Jennings Hall on Friday, May 9, at 9:30 p.m. while the annual Garnet & Gold Gala, featuring live music, will be held in the Wallace McCain Student Centre, Saturday, May 10 starting at 10 p.m. Tickets for both events are available at the door.
The Class of 2014, in partnership with Mount Allison and the Metallic family, has also organized a presentation in honour of their classmate Chris Metallic ('14), who was reported missing in November 2012. Members of the Class of 2014 will be presenting their class gift, an oak tree, which will be planted in Chris's honour. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 11 at 12:30 p.m. in front of Bigelow and Bennett residences (corner of York and Salem Streets) with members of Chris's family in attendance.
An opening reception for the Fine Arts Graduating Students' Exhibition will be held Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m. in the Owens Art Gallery, and Colville House, an interpretive centre devoted to renowned Canadian artist and Allisonian the late Alex Colville, will be open Friday to Monday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Convocation Weekend Recital, presented by graduating Music students, is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 in Brunton Auditorium in the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, and Tintamarre, Mount Allison's bilingual theatre troupe, will present VILLAGES on May 11 from 4-5 p.m. in Tweedie Hall.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events for Convocation Weekend, please visit www.mta.ca/convocation.
For full bios on the honorary degree recipients, visit www.sackvilletribunepost.com.