MAIN FEATURE Convocation 1953 A legacy of 35,000 gradu by Aloma Jardine 150 years of The two young men made up Mount Allison’s entire first graduating class. This May, approximately 500 graduates followed the path they forged, receiving their degrees during the University’s 150th Convocation ceremony and adding their names to a roster of about 35,000 others who have earned a degree at Mount Allison. 12 / Summer 2013 / RECORD J osiah Wood and Howard Sprague could hardly have imagined the foundation they were laying when they accepted Mount Allison’s first two Bachelor degrees in 1863. “We all know that when you walk out of this place for the last time, when you follow in the footsteps of Wood and Sprague 150 classes ago, that whatever you choose, you will make the world better, and some of the reason you will is because of what you learned here,” Chancellor Peter Mansbridge told the Class of 2013. Wood and Sprague set the bar high. Wood went on to become a lawyer, a businessman, a member of Parliament, a senator, the first mayor of Sackville, and New Brunswick’s lieutenant-governor. Sprague became an accomplished theologian and eventually returned to Mount Allison as dean of theology in 1908.