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McGill Reporter
May 29, 2008 - Volume 40 Number 18
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Caps and gowns and streaming video

Join us as we unearth the hidden gems and secret places on the websites of McGill University and its affiliated institutions.

McGill Convocation Webcasts

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Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson delivered an address during the 1965 Convocation.

Once upon a time, in an almost-forgotten age long, long ago (let's say, 2001) to attend McGill's Convocation ceremonies, you'd actually have to… wait for it… attend the ceremonies. In person. Can you believe the primitiveness? If your parents lived in South Korea, there was no way they could kvell (what's "kvell" in Korean?) in parental joy while watching you receive your diploma. How times have changed. Not only can your parents, cousins, friends, co-workers and casual acquaintances watch you graduate in real time via the live Convocation webcast, they can all relive the experience endlessly via the webcast archive. The first URL listed above links you to all Spring 2008 convocations, both live and archived. The second link takes you to a MediaSite catalogue page with archived convocations from 2005, 2006 and 2007 linked in the left-hand menu. Please note, you'll need Windows Media Player (or equivalent) to play these files.

McGill Convocation History

A brief but illuminating look at the history of McGill Convocation ceremonies, including some great historical photos of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill receiving honorary degrees in 1944 during a special convocation in Quebec City, and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson delivering an address during the 1965 convocation.

Quebec Convocation 1944, the Citadel, Quebec City; conferring honorary degrees to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Courtesy of McGill Archives

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U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill received honorary degrees in a ceremony at the Quebec Citadel in 1944.

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