Eyes on the Future: Convocation 2007

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May 31, 2007 - Volume 39 Number 18
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Eyes on the future

Convocation 2007

For an institution sworn to debunk and demystify, McGill is rife with magic. The faces on these pages speak eloquently of the many emotions inspired by Convocation; pride, honour, happiness and even relief.

But more than that, they reflect an unexpected, spontaneous expression of all of these feelings that seems to take each graduate by surprise. Perhaps it is the sudden realization that the years of hard work and sacrifice have finally paid off, or the joy that comes with a challenge well met, or even the anticipation fired just prior to embarking upon a greater journey.

With all that, it may well be, even for the knowledgeable, beyond defining. Perhaps it is magic after all.

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What's McGill Convocation without a bagpiper? The platform party makes its way to the ceremony on lower campus.
Owen Egan

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Chancellor Richard Pound is flanked by Robert Rabinovitch, Chair of the Board of Governors and Principal Heather Munroe-Blum at the end of the ceremonies at Macdonald campus.
Claudio Calligaris

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Russell Patterson, BSc Biochemistry, mingles with fellow members of the Class of 2007.
Allen McInnis

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William G. Campbell, recipient of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science surveys the Mac campus.
Claudio Calligaris

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Vir Siddiqi proudly holds aloft the 2007 Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision presented to his father, Kaleem.
Owen Egan

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Upwards of 1,500 people braved 30 degree heat to take part in the Convocation ceremonies at Macdonald campus.
Claudio Calligaris

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Reem Adel Ali, BSc Physiology caps her proud mother, Wasan Alrubai, and father, Adel Ali
Owen Egan

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Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and Marcel Desautels, Honorary Doctor of Laws and McGill benefactor, prior to Desautels' Convocation address.
Owen Egan

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Parental paparazzi stand poised to immortalize the moment.
Claudio Calligaris

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Linah Hashimi (left), BSc Biology, and Michelle Wang, BSc Biology, are all smiles on lower campus.
Allen McInnis

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Hat trick: Flying mortarboards mark the beginning of life as a McGill alumni.
Claudio Calligaris

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For each of you who is graduating today, I urge you to take some time today to reflect. This may be one of the last quiet moments in the rest of your life.
Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
I will simply tell you why I revere McGill University... Your innovations in teaching have influenced me. Your national awareness has helped me and your leaders have encouraged me.
Sir John Daniel, Honorary Doctor of Letters, during his Convocation address for Continuing Education.
My mother got her BA when she was 20, I got mine when I was 20, and now my daughter got her BA at the age of 20. How could I not be proud?
Sheri Hansen, mother of Claire Weiller, BA&Sc
Remember the day but keep your eyes on the future. You are works in progress.
Richard Pound, Chancellor