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Encaenia 2014 began as it always does at King’s, with a flurry of students in gowns scooting across the quad, eager parents taking photos of their grads in front of the blooming magnolia, the Baccalaureate Service in the chapel, and then the mass assembling on the library steps before following the bagpiper down to All Saints Cathedral for the main event.
It was also an incredibly special Encaenia to mark 225 years of King’s College. Five honorary degrees were conferred and a total of 273 students received their degrees. King’s students claimed 13 university medals in contemporary studies, creative writing, early modern studies, French, gender and women’s studies, German, history, history of science and technology, Italian studies, religious studies, social anthropology, theatre, and Spanish.
Brenna Sobanski of Richmond Hill, Ontario, received university medals for both social anthropology and the history of science and technology. She also received the King’s Medal, which is awarded to the graduating student who stands highest in an honours programme in an arts or science subject. “Professors have described Brenna as an exceptionally talented and congenial academic, capable of understanding and integrating new ideas with alacrity and acuity,” said President Cooper as he presented her award.
Bachelor of journalism graduate Timothy Callanan received (in absentia) the Governor General’s Silver medal for academic and journalistic excellence. This award is presented to a journalism student who graduates with first class honours in the bachelor of journalism (honours) degree program or with distinction in the one-year post-baccalaureate bachelor of journalism degree program, and who has shown significant professional development during his or her time time in the School of Journalism.