Editorial: Honorary degrees should be given separate ceremonies

On June 7, Québecois poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault accepted an honorary doctorate of literature at a ceremony in St. Patrick’s Building. What made the ceremony unique was how it took place at a date and time that was separate from the regular week of convocation ceremonies, which took place from June 12-16. While this change from the typical routine was the only one of its kind for this convocation season, this routine should become the norm for other honorary degree recipients. Recipients should continue to speak at the regular ceremonies, but their background needs to make sense with the degrees being conferred that day. For example, if Vigneault received his degree on the same day as law students or […]

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Report shows student debt negatively impacts the economy

Student debt is negatively impacting the economy, according to a recent report from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The report said the increasing cost of tuition and lack of funding for students are causing high student debt, which is problematic for the economy. Students who graduate with a large debt can’t afford items such as cars or houses, and this means graduates can’t immediately contribute to the economy. Jessica McCormick, national chairperson of CFS, said in an email it takes graduates roughly 10 years to pay back a student loan. “That’s ten years of putting off even saving for major purchases,” she said. “Often, it also results in graduates going further into debt to afford buying a car or […]

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University graduates find good work

According to a recent survey done by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), Ontario university graduates are getting well-paying jobs in their fields soon after graduation. The study looked not only at graduates’ employment but at their earnings, the connection between their career and their degree, and at how their skills from in university benefited them in the workplace. The 2013 grad survey said “93 per cent [of grads] have secured employment two years after graduation.” The average salary for these graduates was $49,398 two years after graduation, which is up from the average $42,636 six months after graduation. Information from those 2011 graduates indicated the majority of students were able to find full-time employment relevant to their degree. The […]

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Letter: Get to know your professors

I am about to graduate from Carleton and like any outgoing student, I have all kinds of advice you’ve probably heard before. You should get involved in other campus activities. You shouldn’t stress out too much. It’s not the end of the world even though it feels like it. And you should really try to use the gym at least once. I hear it’s nice. But the single most important piece of advice I can give is that you should spend time getting to know your professors. We, as students, are in a unique and special position—we get direct, unfettered access to some of the best academics in the country. And while we stress about citation styles and word counts, […]

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