The Department of Classics and Programmes in Religious Studies and Arabic were well represented at the graduation ceremonies of the University of King's College (May 16th) and Dalhousie University (May 21st), with 18 graduates in Classics and 11 in Religious Studies.
A light breakfast was held in the Classics Department Lounge and Library before the University of King's College Baccalaureate Service and Encaenia for the graduands and their families on May 16th. The Department and its King's graduates are especially grateful to President George Cooper, Dean Nicholas Hatt, and those adjunct members of the Department from King's (the Rev'd Dr Thomas Curran, Dr Neil Robertson, Dr Ian Stewart, the Rev'd Dr Gary Thorne), four of them graduates of the Department, who came to the Breakfast and helped make it a large and successfully celebratory beginning of the happy day. Hilary Ilkay was awarded the Nicole Knox Memorial Prize for the best undergraduate work in Greek and Latin at the Breakfast. Dr Hankey also announced that Emma Curran, MA 2012, has received the Governor General's award for her MA thesis, "Golden Age Imagery and the Artistic Philosophy of Ovid's Metamorphoses", supervised by Dr Peter O'Brien. Congratulations, Hilary and Emma!
There was more in store for Classics and Religious Studies graduates at the King's Encaenia ceremony itself. Hilary added to her Nicole Knox Prize the King's Silver Medal for the highest standing in an Honours program in an Arts or Science subject, the fifth from the Classics department to receive this honour in the last eleven years. Simcha Walfish, a graduate in Classics and Contemporary Studies, delivered the Valedictory Address.
A light luncheon was also held on May 21st in the Lounge and Library for the Dalhousie graduands and their parents before the Dalhousie graduation ceremonies that afternoon. Hearty congratulations are in order to all our graduates and their families. Valete--fare well!
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