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Page 6 text:
K. E. Norris, M.A., Ph. D.
Another Graduating Class!!
It seems impossible!!
But it serves to emphasize the inevitable fact that the
College is growing older, that it is no longer a new phenomenon
in the Canadian Educational scene, and that the body of its Alumni
is increasing in size and importance.
Like all its predecessors, this yearls graduating class
is the largest in the history of the College. It is a far cry from
the present class of more than 200 people to the two men who
were first to receive the College's degrees in the fall of 1936.
One approaches the idea of the graduation of a new
class with mixed feelings of pleasure and regret - pleasure that
this group of fine young people are about to have their efforts re-
warded and are reaching, not the end of the trail, but another
milestone along the wayg regret that the College, which has
learned to depend upon them for undergraduate leadership and
tone, must now get along without them.
The list of this year's graduates includes an imposing
array of those who have meant a great deal to Sir George Williams
College in recent years, and who have contributed much to the
life of the student body during their terms as undergraduates. To
them, and to all members of the class, I offer congratulations
and best wishes on behalf of the Board of Governors and the
K. E. Norris
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So we are now considered educated. At least in the formal sense
we may suppose this to be true if we are to consider the acquisition
ofa Bachelor's degree as the final achievement of the educational
process. And for all purposes society,or popular opinion, may
consider that such an accomplishment merits recognition of the
individual as an educated person. But we cannot be satisfied with
any such narrow definition of education. The educational philo-
sophy to which we have been recently exposed will not permit us
to accept such a concept. We know that education is a continuing
process that does not stop at the end of a particular period.
Convocation '50 is not a stop, then, but merely a pause. A time
for reflection and assessment before progressing further. Despite
whether some of us may go on to higher degrees, or abandon for-
mal education at this point, we must of necessity continue with our
own individual educational process. To stop now would be to deny
the value of the past years.
Apart from any vocational skill we may have acquired during
undergraduate years, our college training has provided us with
some tools to aid in understanding the social, economic, political,
physical, and spiritual basis of the modern world. It should also
have made us aware of some of the basic problems that confront
our materialistic society. And wary of, attempts of evasion or
dismissal, and skeptical of some of the widely held popular opin-
ions regarding them.
Page 7 text:
Murray B. Spiegal
May 30. 1959
Meriibers ofthe Board of Governors and Faculty,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Tonight I find myself in a very privileged position, for to me has fallen
the task of saying goodbye to Sir George Williaiiis College on behalf of this
year's graduating class. The solemnity of the occasion bears testimony to its
importance, for tonight we, of the graduating class, have reached the end
of another stage in our progress. With the completion of each such stage we
must look back, recall and evaluate so that in the light of the past, we may
better foresee the future.
Marty of us first came to Sir George for what we then termed a higher
education. The very meaning which we attached to this term was a narrow
and limited one. Most of us then conceived of education as that which ive
glean from text books and our esteemed professors, but tonight, as we look
back, we receive a better understanding, a clearer conception of this term,
tonight we realize that the word education means much more than the bookf
learning we receive at college. It includes the many values, the ideals and the
attitudes which are developed as a result of our association with our fellow
students. We have learned much since we first entered the narrow confines
of this great institution. The very essence of its philosophies have become
a part of ourselves. Proud that we were of an institution whose tenets are
steeped in toleration, understanding, and progress, we proceeded to adopt
these attitudes and develop these views. Students of many ideologies, of diff
ferent races, and of different religions have learned to live together in mutual
respect and admiration, have learned to disagree yet not be disagreeable. We
are proud ofthe warm spirit of friendliness that permeates our halls, finds
its way into our classrooms, and accompanies us on our many student
activities. A spirit that binds student to student, professor to professor, and
student to professor, when our days at college are but a memory we will still
retain a vivid picture of these friendly relationships.
Perhaps some of you remember the mass protest meeting last year to
speak out against the college's refusal to allow a certain political speaker to
address a college audience. 'To some of you the crowded room of protesting
and excited students may have stood out as a symbol of a free and demof
cratic student body asserting its rights to hear and evaluate whatever political
opinion they wished to listen to. To me that occasion holds other memories.
I shall never forget the two senior members of the faculty who, amidst the
excitement of the meeting, quietly slipped into the crowded room, and finding
all the seats occupied, unhesitatingly sat down on the floor. 'To me that was a
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