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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

RECKl v nON OF GRADUATES. j ADDRESS BY THE CHANCELLOR. Tho official ceremony, designated hy the University authorities as tin; reception of graduates, which involves their formal presentation to the chancellor was held in tho &llen hall yesterday afternoon, tlie build'ig be in? completely filled. The Rev. A. Hafrieran (Chancellor of tho University) uesided, imd w.vs* supported on the platoon by other members of the council, nost of the professors, several clergymen, tnel a number of military officers, including Major-general Sir Alfred Robin. The proceedings were orderly, simple, and dignified throughout. Tho Chancellor commenced his address by congratulating tho students who had gained honours for their distinguished services at the front, but ho also desired to congratulato tho graduates to, bo presented that afternoon on their success, and the staff on the results of the past year's woi'k ns shown in the examination lists. Tho University of New Zealand had this year awarded 12 senior University scholarships, npart- from the travelling scholarships, and five of these had como to students of tho Otago University.—(Applause.) Thoso scholarships, together with the honours list, indicated the quality of the work that w;ia dono at the University. Touching upon tho needs of the college, tho Chancellor said that at the last meeting of tho council there had been quite a list of appointments requiring to bo made if the work was to be carried on efficiently. If that ■was to be dono they needed funds, and he did not know that it was a bad thing to rotnind the public every now and then of their real needs if the University was to progress. If tho University was not growing it would not need much, but those connected with it continually had before them tho call for something new. Everyone should have an ideal in his work, and the Speaker's ideal for tho University of Otago was that it should bo the biggest of the colleges, and tho best of tho colleges, and liavo not. only the biggest classes but t.ho largest list of graduates. He would like to see tho Univereity doing inoro than merely turning out. a ntimbor of graduates each year. They should aim at having in Duuedin the very best group of men possjblo in all branches of learning who have timo not merely to teach classes but also to do somo real research work. Ho would liko to seo .them able to conduct investigations in medicine, science, economics, and so on, and doinsr work of real value to tho community. Not until there were funds to do that could they rest satisfied. And whilo there were many departments of their work requiring attention there was one branch which had been altogether neglected in the past, and which should ibe attended to in future if disaster was not to como upon the Empire. In almost every department of life, industrial as well as professional, examinations were necessary. but if a man wanted to become a legislator and take part in making the laws for present and future generations he was required to undergo no test at all. All he ■wanted was a ready tongue and a willingness to make large promises—(laughter)—and with those qualifications he stood a good chance of beco'ming a legislator and framing the destinies of tho Empire. " Perhaps it was "baying the moon" to require them to go through a course of training in economics and history and to pass an examination, but surely that was a thing which the governments of the various parts of the Empire should seek to put within tho reach of every man who desired to become a legislator. At Home this matter was receiving attention. Classes were being formed for training the soldiers, and the authorities were seeking to train them not merely in vocational occupations but in tho larger conception of citizenship, thus making them more useful members of the community. And if that wero true about the citizens surely it should bo true of the man who sought to becomo a legislator. A movo had been made to meet this need in somo respects by tho formation of a Workers' Educational Association, and a splendid _ work was done by this organisation in each of tno four centres; but surely it would _ bo well for tho Government to do all it could to enable tho councils of the four University Colleges to form classes wherever they were asked for, so that those men aiming to become leaders and legislators could; be taught. Then it was not sufficient to have in their Universit" teachers of history and economics who avould be ablo not merely to teach students to qualify for degrees but also to popularise their subjects and thus roach a much wider fiold. At present they were handicapped by having both ecomonics and history taught by one professor, and whilo thero could of course be no appointment made during the war ho looked forward to tho timo when they would be able to have a professor for each subject, and a professor who would seek to carry his lessons to the toon who were really students and likely . to become leaders. Addressing himself specially to the students boforo him, the chancellor made somo reference to the question of an ideal for those attending a university. Ho would like to ask them what, was the ideal with which thev camo to class. Was it merely to get a 3egreo? Ho believed one of tho evils of our education system was that wo had not a true ideal as to what education was. He thought the present war had emphasised that as nothing else had ever dono, and ho instanced the case of Germany, which ]n r '° sense lacked a true education, but which lacked a true ideal, her ideal being a.n ideal of might instead of right, with the result that the world had before it tho spectaclo of. an educated people who had becomo a positive menace to the world. Wo had not the same conception of education as Germany had in that matter, but' had we really a higher ideal? Ho would like to say this to the ""dents at) d especially to the graduates. -The ideal with which they camo to tho University was an important matter, but tho' ideal with which thev left it was an infinitely more important matter.—(Applause.) If they camo with tho. ideal that the great prize to be . obtained was qualification for somo important post, he hoped l that during -their ye-ars of study they had substituted this other ideal, which was that they should feel called upon to go from that, college as servants of tho community, men and women who folt that the gift of education a gift to be used for service, and not until the schools and oollercs realised that their great object was to make men-bound to do their utmost, would we have a true democracy. _ He hoped tho students leaving tho University would go away with pleasant memories of their old associations and would strive to do their best for tho college and for tho communitv wherever their life might bo cast,.—(Loud applause.) In conclusion, tho Chancellor made appropriate reference to the death of Dr Bedford, whoso work in their midst had been characterised in a very marked manner bv tho hiirli ideals upon which he had just 'been dwelling. The deans of the respective faculties then presented the graduates to the Chancellor, and as they advanced to tho platform! thov wore received with loud applause. Many_ of the lady graduates were handed beautiful floral tributes as thev returned to their seats, an honour from which the male graduates were not wholly immune, — to tlio amusement of those present. __ Addresses followed by Sergeon-general Henderson and Lieutenant-colonel Siecman. Iho proceedinc! terminated with tho sincmg of tno National Anthem. LIST OF GRADUATES. Tho following is a list of graduates for tho year, a good number of whom were present :— Doctor of Medicine.— David Eardlcy Fenwick, George William Cower, Stuart booular. Mn-ster of Arts.~Art.hur William Alloo, second-class honours in economics; Evangeline Elizabeth Anderson, second-class honours in botany; Johanna Monica Brosnan, first-class honours in languages and literature (Latin and English); Edmund Robert Nevill; Kenneth Alexander Saunders, third-class honours in languages and literature (Greek and English); .Jessie Banks' Wilson, second-class honours in economics • Mary Haatie Yardloy, second-class honours in botany. Master of Science.—Alfred Gadsbv Johnson; William Somorville Vernon, "secondclass honours in electricitv .and magnetism. Bachelor of Arts.—Bertha Clement (John T.nlinn scholar in English), Henry Drees. Arthur Vincent Fleet (senior scholar in Latin), Frederick James Gair, Donald Stuart _ Kemshed, Albert Brian Kilroy, Catherine Thomson Macindoe. .Tames Davidi Salmond (senior scholar in history). William Albert Service, .Jessie Helen Smith. Phvllis Jean Harriet Tumbid! (senior scliolar in French; qualified also for scholarship in T Jit in). Marion Grace Watson. Baohclor of Science.—Agnes Randall Black ie, Dorothy Eleanor Clarke (senior scholar in beat), Georse Stuart Thomson. Bachelor of Medici no and Bachelor of Surgery.--Frederick John Appleby, Humphrey Tames PiaiTiieoat. T,eslic George Bell. Francis Clongh Blundell. T/oonard Hugh Booth. Robert Lyall Christie. William Maknri Cotter. Arthur John Cottrell, M.A.. M.fV;., John Raymond Cuthbert, Donald Eric Currio. Gerald Patrick Fitzgerald. Robert Stephenson Jordan Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Thompson Glasgow. Charles Mills Greenslade, Richard John Burnside Hall, William_ David Hart, David Collingwood T/OW._ lain Cameron Maorntrvro, Lawx*oCß Cxmcgton Mail, Alexander Smith

Morton, Frederick James Mulholland, Charles Stewart Murray, Victor Rylands Nicholson, Aeneas William Tolster O'Sullivan, Douglas M'Knight Patorson, Everard Oswald Rowley, Frederick Montgomery Spencer, Graco Stevenson, Robert Burns Watson, James Leslie Will, Robert Millie Wishart, Marion King Bentiio Whyto. Bachelor of Dental Surgery.--Oliver Milieu Paulin. Bachelor of Science in Homo Science.— Hazel Alieo Bell, Margaret Alico Borrio, Violet Margaret Bruce, Doris Hazel M'Kcnzie. Bachelor of Laws.—Herbort Harry Sterling. DIPLOMAS. Diploma of Associateship of Otago University in Home (Science. —Dorithy du Pen Ellis, Elizabeth Loy, Leslio Ayna Richardson. SCHOLARSHIPS. University of New Zealand. Senior University Scholarships.—Dorothy Eleanor Clarke (heat), Arthur Vincent Fleet (Litin), James David Salmond (history), Phyllis Jean Harriet Turn bull (French). John Tinlino Scholarship.—Bertha Clement. Medical Travelling Scholarship.—Arthur John Cottrell. University op Otago. Macandrow Scholarship.—James David Salmond. Beverly Scholarship in Past Degrco Mathematics. —Alexander Sim Hogg. Beverly Scholarship in Advanced Physics. Agnes Randall Blackie. UNIVERSITY PRIZES. University of Otago. Stuart Prize (Physics).—Henry Edward Dyer, George Morrison Moir. James Clark Prizes. —Phyllis Jean Harriet Turnbull (Latin), Bertha Clement (English), Andrew William Smaill (mental science), Andrew William Smaill (Greek). Chamber of Commerce Prizes (Accountancy).—Arthur Eric John Anderson, Ivv Walker, Mary O'Farrell, Allan Meredith Satterthwaitc. Bachelor Memorial Modal.—Arthur John Cot-troll..

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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO, Otago Daily Times, Issue 17324, 25 May 1918

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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO Otago Daily Times, Issue 17324, 25 May 1918

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