Nearly 600 Students Convocated at Fall Ceremonies

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Written by Janet Errygers

Last Saturday, October the 15th, nearly 600 degrees were awarded from the University of Guelph. Over 500 people walked across the stage in War Memorial Hall despite the tumultuous weather outside. Before noon, students from the colleges of Biological Science, Physical & Engineering Science and Social & Applied Science, as well as those from the Ontario Agricultural College, graduated. After lunch, ceremonies took place for the students of Graduate Studies and the colleges of Arts and Management & Economics. After convocation, a reception ceremony was held in the Science Complex Atrium.

During the morning ceremonies, the Honourable Dennis O'Connor, Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, spoke and received an honorary doctor of laws degree. O'Connor is a widely known and respected jurist who has made many contributions to the principle of government accountability in Ontario. He was called to the bar in 1966, and for over 30 years has served as an academic and commissioner.

In the afternoon ceremonies, Dr. Marian Horzinek spoke and received and honorary doctor of sciences degree. Dr. Horzinek has made many important contributions to the international ring of veterinary virology, as well has having mentored 40 PhD students. He has also published nearly 300 papers in his career.

The fall ceremony is held each year for those students who require credits from the summer semester to graduate. Be it to make up for a class dropped or failed, or to upgrade a minor to a major; whatever the reason, it is apparent that students sometimes need extra time to finish their degrees.

For me, moving from four high school level classes to five university level classes per semester was a large jump, both in terms of the work load and the expectations. It's very easy to get behind, and it happens fast as the work begins to pile up and sometimes you never catch up.

Many people take four classes each fall and winter semester, and then two classes over the summer to earn a full five credits each year. This allows them to diffuse the stress of a full course load over three semesters instead of two. A problem that this can cause, however, is disallowing the student from having a summer away from school.

We'd love to hear from our viewers...How many classes are you taking per semester? How many years are you planning on doing your degree in?



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