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Each diploma has
a real connection
to the history of
degree granting
at Mount Allison
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Each spring Holownia spends considerable
time casting all the names of the graduates
before printing the diplomas for Convo-
cation in May. This year, approximately 430
Mount Allison graduates each received a
hand-made diploma.
Two years ago the diplomas were redesigned
to accommodate both the honours certifi-
cate and the degree. For research, Holownia
visited the archives to look at old diplomas
and certificates.
"The Mount Allison diploma has a special
presence on the wall," he says. "Each one has
a real connection to the history of degree
granting at Mount Allison University."
Holownia began letterpress printing more
than 30 years ago. His experiences as a
communications and Fine Arts student in

Windsor, On, along with his involvement
with A Space, an artist-run gallery, and
Coach House Press in Toronto, showed
him the possibilities of small-scale print-
ing and publishing, especially for his own
work. He brought these ideas to Sack-
ville in 1977 when he started teaching at
Mount Allison and he began to collect
the equipment of what now makes up the
Anchorage Press.
In 1983 Holownia opened his first press
in the basement of the University's
library with the help of the late Douglas
Lochhead (Professor Emeritus Cana-
dian Studies), who contributed a tabletop
Albion hand press that he acquired while
at Massey College in Toronto. In the fall
of 1987 Holownia moved the press out of
the library basement and into an addition
on his home in Jolicure, officially becom-
ing a private press.
"The reason to set up a press for me was to
take control over publishing of my own work
in relationship to quality control and scale,"
says Holownia. "The press gives me complete
independence and artistic control."
with love