‘ ’’ Whatever you choose, you will make the world better — Chancellor Peter Mansbridge bothered to come to the 50-year pin ceremony. I thought maybe we would get 15 or 20 and we had about 85.” Although the Convocation ceremony has not changed much since Hierlihy received her degree in 1963, it is far different than what Wood and Sprague would have experienced 150 years ago. In the early years the exercises consisted of a series of orations — in English, French, Greek, and Latin — by members of the freshman and junior classes, as well as by each graduating student. Honorary degrees were introduced in 1866, while the valedictory address became part of the program in the early 1880s — one of the first being delivered by William Morley Tweedie, for whom Tweedie Hall is named. The beloved Alma Mater Song, penned in 1904 by Winthrop P. Bell (1904), did not become part of the ceremony until 1948. The printed program in 1863 was a single page — compared to the class of 2013’s 40-page booklet — and the 50th anniversary of Convocation saw 26 graduates receive their degrees, while at the 100th anniversary there were about 200. But even with one of the largest graduating classes ever, as there was this year, a Mount Allison Convocation always manages to feel like an intimate ceremony. The Chancellor and the President take time to speak to each student to offer their congratulations, their best wishes for success, and occasionally a hug or a high five. with members of Mount Allison’s 100th graduating class on Reunion Weekend. Susan (Gillis) Hierlihy (’63) was part of that 100th class. She says she and her classmates appreciated the fuss that was made over them. “And we really did enjoy meeting and talking with the young people. We were so impressed with their outgoing nature and their confidence,” she says. “I was absolutely floored by how many of them Mount Allison faculty from 1913-14 2013 honorary degree recipients: Bernard Richard, Deepa Mehta, Janet Rossant, and James D. Irving Mount Allison’s first graduating class Howard Sprague and Josiah Wood — 1863 14 / Summer 2013 / RECORD Caroline Whidden (’13), Mount Allison’s 51st Rhodes Scholar receives her Bachelor of Science degree. Whidden also received a BA during the afternoon ceremony.