Category Archives: Convocation

Congratulations to English Graduates! May 2018

Congratulations to the students who graduated last week!

English students and faculty at Convocation may 2018

English faculty and students at Spring Convocation 2018. Back, l to r: Dr. Graham Fraser, Dr. Diane Piccitto, Dr. Nathaniel Street, Nicole Martina, Megan Bruce, Alexandra Rudderham, Brittany George, Dr. Reina Green, Dr. Karen Macfarlane. Front, l to r: Katie O’Brien, Hope Tohme


Megan Bruce
Brittany George
Nicole Martina

Combined Major English and History

Micaela Singer


Katie O’Brien
with first-class honours and highest aggregate

Alexandra Rudderham
with first-class honours

Hope Tohme
with first-class honours




Fall 2017 Convocation

Congratulations to all who graduated on Sunday, November 5th. Fall convocation is always smaller than the spring event but no less important. This year, convocation also included the official installation of Dr. Mary Bluechardt as the new president of the Mount.

Kyle Cross, B.A. Honours in English

Kyle Cross, B.A. Honours

Kyle Cross graduated with a B.A. Honours in English. Kyle is now in the B.Ed. program at the Mount.

Barbara Cochrane, one of the morning Valedictorians, graduated with a B.A. in French and a Writing Minor. She gave a lively address, drawing on her life experiences to give some good advice to the graduates. You can read her profile here. A couple of the English Department’s Writing courses and participation in the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference are some of the highlights of her Writing Minor experiences:

She remembers her courses in creative writing and editing most fondly. In 2012, she received an award from the Department of English for one of her written works, titled “Passed Down.” The piece focuses on obsessive compulsive disorder, combining parts of her grandfather’s diary from World War I, a poem written by her daughter, and her own obsession with counting as she works. She later presented it at an undergraduate English conference at St. Thomas University.  (From the Mount’s online profile)

Barbara Cochrane Valedictorian 2017

Above: Barbara Cochrane delivering the valedictory address.  Image from the Mount’s Facebook page.

Two English faculty honoured at Convocation

David Wilson receiving teaching award, Convocation 2017

David Wilson received the MSVU Alumnae Part-time Teaching Award

Congratulations to David Wilson, who received the MSVU Alumnae Part-time Teaching Award at Convocation in May. An instructor in both our English and Writing programs, he was commended for his engaging style and for his innovative online courses. You can see one of the videos he developed for his online ENGL 1171 course here.


Susan Drain Convocation 2017

Dr. Susan Drain was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita at Convocation

At the same Convocation, Dr. Susan Drain, who retired last December, was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita. Dr. Drain has served in many positions in her career, such as the English Department Writing Co-ordinator, Department Chair, Secretary of Senate, Faculty Association executive — to name only a few. She is also a multiple teaching award winner, including the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship (the only Mount faculty to hold that distinction). Her current research project is Percy’s War, a daily blog about the experiences of a Canadian gunner in WWI.

Congratulations to both David and Susan!

Photos from the Mount Flickr album

Congratulations English grads 2017

It was a lovely spring day for the 2017 B.A. convocation on Friday, May 19th. Congratulations to our newest English alumni.

English grads and faculty 2017

We managed to gather almost all of the English grads for this photo, along with attending faculty. From left to right, Dr. Reina Green, Dr. Karen Macfarlane. Back row: David Wilson, Luke Hammond, Kevin Smith, Andrew Potter, Ryan Terry, Dr. Anna Smol. Front, left to right: Cassadie Day, Sarah Vallis, Allyson Roussy, Gavin Rollins, Dr. Diane Piccitto, Dr. Susan Drain.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Allyson K. Roussy (with first-class honours)

Sarah K. Vallis (with first-class honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Major)

Duaa Chamsi Basha

Cassadie F. Day

Luke P. Hammond

Michael Luciano

Andrew Potter

Gavin L. Rollins

Ryan K. Terry

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Major)

Kevin Smith (English and History)

Congratulations also to Professor David Wilson, who received the MSVU Part-Time Teaching Award and to Dr. Susan Drain, who was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita.

Graduates, please keep in touch! If you haven’t already, please join the English Society Facebook group or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep up with our activities. Or subscribe for email notifications from this blog (scroll down on this page to find the subscription form). However you do it, let us know where your future adventures take you!

Watch this blog for more convocation pictures in the days ahead.

Congratulations to graduates!

Convocation 2016 faculty and students

We managed to gather a number of our happy English graduates last Thursday, May 19th, along with English faculty in their colourful finery for this group photo.

Congratulations to all English graduates!

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Jennifer MacKinnon

Jason McKenna

Colton Sherman
(with first-class honours)

Hailey Stapleton
(Internship Option)
(with first-class honours)

Honours Certificate in Arts

Charlotte Kiddell (Valedictorian)

Bachelor of Arts

Jillian Cull
(with distinction)

Michael Isenor

Courtney MacFarlane

Mikella McNulty
(with distinction)

Alexandra Parsons

Nicole Wagner

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Major)

Taylor Smith (English and Family Studies)

convocation 2016 student file

Spot the English students!

Convocation 2016 Charlotte Kiddell Valedictorian

Valedictorian Charlotte Kiddell

One of the Convocation highlights was English student Charlotte Kiddell’s address as Valedictorian.  You can read a profile of Charlotte here.


Convocation 2016 candids Susan

Dr. Susan Drain, recipient of the Senate Award for Service in University Governance

Another special moment was Dr. Susan Drain’s Senate Award for Service in University Governance. This award is given to “recognize faculty members for extensive, consistent, and valuable contributions to the academic governance of the University.”

Congratulations to all!




Congratulations to graduating students!’s Fall Convocation at the Mount this Sunday, November 1st.  Congratulations to the students who will be graduating with a B.A in English:

Stephanie Carr    and    Alysha Wellon

The honorary degree recipient for the B.A. convocation will be Catherine Banks, an award-winning Nova Scotian playwright who has visited our university several times in recent years. You can find more information about Catherine Banks on the Mount website.

Dr. Reina Green will present Catherine Banks for the honorary degree. This will also be the last convocation in which Dr. Susan Drain will be the mace bearer, one of her duties as the Secretary of Senate.

Susan Drain mace bearer

Convocation 2015 — Congratulations

May 14th was a glorious spring day in Halifax — the lawns greening nicely in the sun and the forsythia striking yellow sparks in all corners of the campus. The brightest sparks, however, were the graduates of the English Department, and their faculty are justly proud of them.

Convocation Day

Not all of them were able to assemble in the English Corner afterward, but you have to agree that those who did are a very fine lot.

You may notice a very unusual sight in the annual graduation photo: Dr. Chris Ferns attended Convocation to be named Professor Emeritus on his retirement. Congratulations Dr. Ferns. It’s a very distinguished honour and a well-deserved one. And he looks good in academic regalia!

Congratulations to all our graduates, in the BA and the BA (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts
Stacey DeMolitor*
Katrina Haight *
Drew Jackson
Tika Marie Jakobsen
Christina Kempster
Charlotte Kiddell*
Una Lounder*
Antonia Marynowski
Samantha Roy*
Grace Shaw*
Emma Smith
Thomas Jared Whitman*
* with distinction

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Jessica Herritt
Geena Kelly
Shelby MacGregor
(with First class honours)

Honours Certificate in Arts
Rebecca Power

More convocation photos

The Mount has posted a whole album of convocation pictures on its Flickr site. Spot the English students in this one:

Mount convocation  May 2014Here is honours student Nolan Pike giving the expression of gratitude to the honorary degree recipient, Dr. Ada Yonath:

Nolan Pike Convocation 2014And here is Nolan receiving his degree:

Nolan Pike Convocation 2014If anyone has any other Convocation pictures that we can post, please send them along to Anna Smol or Susan Drain.  And don’t forget that we have another pic of some of our English grads and a list of all graduating English students in our previous post, O Frabjous Day!

O Frabjous Day!

The father of the beamish boy was not more proud than we are of our graduates, who no doubt feel they have confronted — and defeated — their own jabberwockies in the course of earning the degrees that were conferred upon them on Friday May 16th. And the sun shone!

Grads 2014

Congratulations to the following:

Bachelor of Arts:
Rebecca Blouin
Kathleen O. Bowers
Erin L. Chapman
Karissa D. Connors
Jillian M. Crowell
Julia Donna Marie Lausten
(with distinction)
Samantha C. MacDonald
Emily Grace Patten
Alyssa Marie Roberts
Katie E. Tanner
Amanda L. Welburn
Melissa Desirée Williams

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Skye-Kathleen Bryden-Blom
(with first-class honours)
Kae-Lin Elizabeth Larder
(with first-class honours)
Nolan Pike
(with first-class honours)

Congratulations also to
Nolan Pike
on winning the Sister Marie Agnes Prize
Charlotte Kiddell
on winning the Beryl Rowland Book Prize