After two years at Molson
Centre because of a protracted labour dispute, Concordias convocation
ceremony moved back to the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Place des Arts on
Nov. 16 for the single fall ceremony (five take place in June). Approximately
1,000 graduates were eligible for diplomas and degrees, and most were
Supreme Court Justice Claire LHeureux-Dubé received an honorary
degree at the ceremony. The judge, whose liberal views on social justice
sometimes make her a lone dissenting voice on the bench, told graduates
that a call to arms for equality today is an investment in tomorrow.
She had herself faced discrimination, she said, and she urged them to
fight isms of all kinds. Do what is right and fair,
and affirmation will come in due course.
While the demands of her career at a Hamilton hospital prevented PhD in
psychology Melissa Lieberman from attending to accept her gold medal as
top graduate, two masters graduates made it all the way from South
Paseka Maboya and Mohapi Mohaladi strode across the stage, their faces
wreathed in smiles, as presenter Professor Bill Knitter explained to the
audience that they were part of a special program for education instructors
in an impoverished former black township. Maboya,
46, is rector of a college in Free State and has a previous degree, in
linguistics. Mohaladi, 41, is a specialist in quality management in the
Department of Education.
Nine students have now graduated from the program, and six more are expected
to graduate next spring. The other graduates this fall are Taolo Molebatsi,
Nkopan Mphanya and Molefi Thobileng. Their supervisors at Concordia were
Professors Clarence Bayne, Palmer Acheson and Jill Didur. Last spring
Thabo Letho, Noa Komako, Leteketao Taona and Moroke Sematle graduated.
Their supervisors were Mary Baldwin, Florence Stevens, Bayne and Acheson.
The program was difficult to administer, however, and is not likely to
Valedictorian Anna Woodrow said that through education, graduates can
make crucial contributions to society, and gave the examples of New York
mayor Rudy Giuliani and Canadian nationalist Maude Barlow. Woodrow has
just earned her PhD with a thesis called Why Are They Laughing? The
Re-Formulation of Identity in Canadian Stand-up Comedy, and is currently
working with Sociology Professor William Reimer on a project that examines
the changing rural economy in Canada.
on the New Rural Economy project