UBC confers 176 degrees on School of Engineering students
UBC conferred 176 degrees—including 139 Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degrees—on students from the School of Engineering on Thursday, June 5 at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Of the 2014 undergraduates, 70 specialize in Civil engineering, 25 in Electrical, and 44 in Mechanical.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) was conferred on eight Engineering students; 25 student engineers received the degree of Master of Applied Science (MASc); and four students received a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree.
On March 21, 2014, the undergraduate students took part in the time-honoured iron ring ceremony. A full high-resolution group photo of the students, taken just prior to the iron ring ceremony, can be downloaded here.
It was just the third time since the establishment of Camp 26 that UBC Okanagan engineering students were obligated on their own campus. A tradition that dates back almost a 100 years, iron rings symbolize a great accomplishment and help identify Canadian engineers to the rest of the world.
The idea of a ceremony for the Obligation of Canadian Engineers – when engineering students and Canadian engineers receive their rings – dates back to 1922, when seven past presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada attended a meeting in Montreal with other engineers. Noble prize-winning author and adventurer Rudyard Kipling responded to a call from the seven engineers with “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer” ceremony, to be administered by the Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc.
In the ceremony, engineering students accept the obligation to practice engineering by ethical and professional standards; they then receive a ring that symbolizes that obligation. Designed with 12 half-circle facets carved into the outer surface, iron rings are worn on the pinkie finger on the dominant (writing) hand.
Click here for more information about the 2014 graduation ceremonies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
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