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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

RECEPTION OF GRADUATES. The annual reception of graduates of the University of Otago -was held in the Allen Hall on Saturday afternoon in the presence of a very large assemblage. The chair was occupied by the Chancellor of the University (the Rev. Dr Cameron), who, in his address, congratulated members of the staff and studehts who had returned from the war, and emphasised the important fart they had played in the great conflict, n this connection he mentioned the honours gained by students. Three had trained the C.M.G., 14 the D. 5.0., one the 0.J3.E., three the 0.8. E.. 34 the Military Cross, three the D.C.M., three the Military Medal, two the Croix de Guerre, and 15 had been mentioned in despatches. Altogether 79 had gained distinction. Now they had come back to , civilised life, and it was hoped that they woi;ld be able to give as great services a 3 ..they had given during the war. He would like to extend his congratulations to the students who had graduated this year. — (Applause.) They were all greatly pleased at their success. About 60 had and half of that number was in medicine. One student (Mr Aitken) had gained an ex.oeptional place in honours and in senior scholarships, arid had to be congratulated. He had qualified for three -iholarships, and had been within two marks of qualifying for a fourth. —(Applause.) That was a very exceptional case, and Mr Aitken was a student who had distinguished himself elsewhere, and had played no unimportant part on the field of battle. He {the Chancellor) held in his hand an extract from a letter of a comrade of Mr Aitken's, who wrote: '' Aitken went into camp with me as a private, a distinctly non-military man. Right against hi 3 inclination and taste he interested himnelf in military work and became a corporal. Jin the north here last July he behaved with great heroism on a disastrous night in No Man's Land, rallying the platoon and getting them safely back. For this he received his commission. On the Somme there was no cooler man than Aitken, standing watch in hand controlling the advance as coolly as \i timing a race. I hope you will make much of him, as I hear he is going back to New Zealand. No man was moro liked in the 10th Company, and his promotion was tananimously approved by all, oven the jhronio grousers."—(Loud applause.) Continuing, the Chancellor said he thought Mr Aitken deserved the exceptional tribute paid do him. While they congratulated students »pon their success, it was only a beginning *o what they hoped would be an important jwirt they would play in the development »f this country. It was all-important that jtudents should realise a high ideal In con* ! Section with their studies hero and ikmt life hereafter. It was all-important that we ihould realise what our ideal was. He was afraid we were all in danger of simply re-

garding a course in the University as a means of acquiring a position where there was a large return or honours to be conferred. The country would like these men to realise that their call was to serve the community. We were badly in need of men with high ideals as teachers, lecturers in science, and in the laboratory, in the commercial life cf the community, and elsewhere. There was a good deal to bo said about profiteering, but there was something to be said about education. If education was to be regarded as a means to merely serving an'end it was, after all, only profiteering. Ho hoped that the students would realise that instead of being profiteers they were to serve the community. That he thought should be the object of a university. And the university had served the community. It was, of course, their ideal, but it was just as well that they should set it before themselves and not think that the only purpose for which the university existed was to advance men and women in life, but to serve tho community. He believed they could do much more for the community than they had done in the past. All that was done in the University would surprise the majority of people if they understood the character and nature of the teaching. And the University might do more if the community gave it the neoessary funds. It had been said about a generation ago that there were to be found in the larger towns in England 500,C00 cases of typhoid every year. Now it was said wo would not find 1000 cases in these cities. Let them note what a service that decrease had been to the community. To have reduced the cases of typhoid from 500,000 to less than 1200 was something. Then again the death rate had been reduced in England to 300,000 last year, and that was due to those entrusted with the education of doctors of medicine being placed in a position to do the work required of them. Then in connection with science they would be able to do much more for the community than had been done in the past if they were provided with means to prosecute research work, and give teachers greater assistance in that direction. He thought they should sot themselves this year—their jubilee year—to obtain means to carry on work they ought to be doing. As to the progress they had been making this year they had 941 students, which was nearly 300 moro than last year, and last year had been a record. Dr Cameron went on to refer to what the _ University had been like when he went to it, and emphasised the fact that there were ..now 941 students in attendance. He hoped that in a few years they would have many more than that. He hoped all would geek to strengthen, the hands of those teaching by givjzlg the council the means to embark upon higher work. This year they had made considerable progress in some direotions. Dr Cameron then went on to refer to some of the giftß received which

included exhibits for the museum from Mr Moritzson, with £llO a year to keep the gifts in good order; £332 from sundry sources for the library, £IOO a year for four years for bursaries for the Dental School from Mr T. K. Sidey, and £2OO a year for five years to pay the salary of a lecturer m ethnology; the gift of a liberal citizen. Mr Skinner had been appointed to that position, and was proving himself very capable. That gift carried with it a subsidy from the Government. Then tfce honorary medical <staff of the Medical School had, in addition to its services, given £750 to extend the buildings, and there was £BOOO received through the Governor to erect, alongside the building they were in, a drill hall and a gymnasium. There lad also been a gift of £BOOO from a lady for the Medical School, and that had allowed the Council to appoint a Professor of Medicine. Later in the afternoon Dr Cameron mentioned that the Synod of the Church of Otago and Southland had resolved to found a ohair of History m connection with the University. That made the fourth chair towards which the Synod contributed £6O& a year. He also mentioned that through the co-operation ot the Harbour Board they were going to have a playing field of 20 aores at Lake Logan which would be a valuable addition to the equipment of the University. The Deans of the respective Faculties then presented the graduates to the Chancellor at the conclusion of which ceremony the National Anthem was sung, and the function ended. The following are the graduates for the of Arts.—Allan Hector Abernethy, second class honours- in economics; Bertha Clement, second-class honours in economics; Albert Brian Kilroy, second-class, honours in history ; Catherine Thomson Macindce, eecondclass honours in history; Claude M'Carthy; William Albert Service, second-class honours in history; Phyllis Jean Harriet Turnbull, first-class honouars in Latin and French; Rose Annie Wite. Master of Science. —Agnes Randall Blackie, second-class honours in heat; Dorothy Eleanor Ethel Clarke, first-clas3 honours in electricity. Bachelor of Arts. —Alexander Craig Mtken (senior scholar in Latin; qualified also for senior' scholarship in pure mathematics and for senior scholarship in applied mathematics), Vida Mary Barron, Oliver James Begg, Andrew Robert Chisholm, Christina Lumsden Cumming, Mary Ogilvie Duthie, Helen Anderson Henderson, Biasil Hillyer Howard! (senior soholar in French), lan Frasex MTSenzie, Alexander Pringle Nelson, Gordon Mortimer Robertson, Jenny Isobel Stewart. Bachelor of Scienoe. —Charles Lyons Carter (senior scholar in chemistry), Allan John Fairmaid, Marion Liddell Fyfe, Dorothy Jane Lambeth, Thora Cuthbert Marwick (senior scholar In geology), Gordon M'Bride Salt (senior scholar in physics), Nesta Madeline Woods (senior scholar in physics). Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Sux-

gery.—lvan M'Dona-ld Allen, Colin Campbell Anderson, Emma Gertrude Applegate, David Alfred Bathgate, Louis Amos Bennett, William Stephen Vincent Bracsgrove, Howard Francis Buckley, Henry Mayall Budd, M.Sc, Sidney Rivers Cattell, Edward John Cronin, M.Sc, Edward Pohai; Ellison, Charles Stanley Frederick Fraser, Geoffrey Jaspar St. Clair Fisher, Arnold Gilnay, Vincent Denis Griffen, John William Hall, Oswa:d Fyfe Lamb, James Tait Laurenson, Walter Wateon Little, Samuel Lawrence Ludbrook, David Matthew Mitchell, James Francis Cleveland Moore, Douglas Leonard Muir, Morgan Patrick M'Sweeney, Samuel Bertram Wanless Strain, Henry Howard Eric Vivian, George Edwin Waterworth, Mary Phcebo Wilson, Robert Henry Wylie. Bachelor of Dental Surgery.—Cecil Haden Tait. Bachelor of Commerce.—Edhvard Percy Nealo, M.A., LL.B. Bachelor of Science in Home Science.— Rhoda Mary Blackie, Frances Blake, Eliza Findiater Strachan Marshall. STUDENTS WHO HAVE GAINED DIPLOMAS DURING THE YEAR. Diploma of Associateship of Otago University in Home Science.—Ruth Marjory Anderson, Evelyn Maud Death, Marjour Gordon, Mary Hart, Phyllis Louie Jull. STUDENTS WHO HAVE GAINFJD SCHOLARSHIPS University of New Zealand. Senior University Scholarships.—Alexander Cra.ig Aitken (Latin; qualified also for senior scholarship in pure mathematics and in applied mathematics), Charlie Lyons Carter (chemistry), Basil Hillyer Howard (French), Thora Cuthbert Marwick (geology), Gordon M'Bride Salt (physics), Nesta Madeline W-°°ds (physics). University of Otago. Macandrew Scholarship. lan Fraser M'Kenzie. Sir George Grey Scholarship (granted by New Zealand Government). —Dorothy Jane Lambeth (science). Beverly Scholarship in Physics.—Vera Kate Harrison.. WINNERS OF PRIZES. University or Otago. Stuart Prize.—David) Wolfe Faigan (poem). M&cgregor Prize.—Wra. John Robertson. James Clark Prizes —Alexander Craig Aitken (Latin), Marguerite Muriel Brand (English), Geoffrey Ross Watters (mental science), Ernest Joseph Orange (Greek). Chamber of Commerce Prizes.—Harper White, Arthur Eric John Anderson, Lloyd Stanley Brundell. Batchelor Memorial Medal.—Henry Mayall Budd.

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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO, Otago Witness, Issue 3415, 29 August 1919

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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO Otago Witness, Issue 3415, 29 August 1919

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