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By Emmett Macfarlane
A Western parade of pomp and pageantry is on full throttle this week with over 5,400 students receiving degrees at the university's 278th Convocation.
Alumni Hall is home to a total of eight ceremonies through out the week. At each ceremony an honorary degree is awarded to someone who had a distinguished career and a positive impact upon society.
On Tuesday morning, graduates from the faculties of music, arts and information and media studies received their degrees and diplomas.
Paul Davenport, president of Western, asked the graduates to never forget their time at the university. "Convocation is the single most important celebration [at] Western," he added.
Western chancellor Eleanor Clitheroe told graduates they were forever cherished members of the Western community. "Your learning days are far from over [as] learning is a life-long practice," she said.
Linda Hutcheon, an English professor AT the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, received an honorary degree. Hutcheon's career is primarily as a theorist of postmodern culture.
"The next generation [is] much less interested in looking back than in looking forward," Hutcheon said. "I'm convinced we're not [living] in a postmodern age, not anymore. We're on the edge of something new," she added.
"Whatever you've learned at university you should know you've also taught [others]," Hutcheon said. "Utopian dreams are as possible as apocalyptic nightmares, and it's up to you."
Remember, there's no guarantee of a safety net, but you have to remember you do have wings. Happy flying," Hutcheon pronounced.
Following Hutcheon's address, the graduates were called one-by-one in a procession to the stage to receive their degrees or diplomas.
Master of Arts graduate Pete Morra said he felt relieved. "It's a long haul," he said.