Information for Parents of Graduating Students
Graduation Card - Make sure your student completes one!
Did you know that students expecting to graduate either in the
Spring of 2007 or in November
2007 must complete a Graduation Information Card. A Graduation
Card will allow confirmation of the name which will appear on
the diploma, is the method by which students apply for a minor
as well as records their student activities and is used to create
their alumni record. Completion of the Graduation
Information Card is now available online. Students will use
their MAC ID to logon to this service.
One more thing to check…
Students preparing to graduate or those looking ahead to their
next year of studies should run a ‘Degree Audit’ of
their courses to ensure they have taken the necessary courses
to meet the requirements of their program. This report will also
inform students of any courses that remain to be taken in order
to meet the degree requirements.
The ‘Degree Audit’ process is easy for students to
access through MUGSI (McMaster University Gateway to Student Information).
Once a student logs in to MUGSI he/she can request a degree audit
and will receive an instant report. Should there be any questions
or concerns about the information provided in the report, the
student should consult with his/her Faculty office for assistance.
Spring is just around the corner and with the change in the season
comes Spring Convocation; a time to celebrate the accomplishments
of the graduating class. Graduand awards are made possible by
the generosity of donors to the University. These awards, which
are granted in May, are provided exclusively for graduating students
qualifying on the basis of achievement in their first baccalaureate
degree program. They are based on competition across the University
or within a Faculty or Program.
Undergraduate Council grants most graduand awards automatically;
no application is required. This year, graduand awards that do
require an application will be posted in February with an application
deadline date of April 15, 2007. Please visit the Office of Student
Financial Aid & Scholarships’ website at http://sfas.mcmaster.ca
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
The President’s Award of Excellence is one of the most
prestigious awards given to deserving students who have demonstrated
a commitment to the University's belief in excellence in its student
body. This award has been advertised across campus for the past
several months. The deadline for submission of Nominations is
February 9th.Winners will be announced at Spring Convocation.
|June 4, 2007
||Faculty of Humanities and
Arts & Science Program
||Faculty of Business
|June 5, 2007
||Faculty of Science
June 6, 2007
||Faculty of Social Sciences
||Faculty of Social Sciences
|June 7, 2007
||School of Nursing
||Faculty of Engineering
The McMaster Alumni Association is pleased to welcome thousands
of new members each year to our over 125,000 family of Mac grads.
The Association is pleased to provide our Convocation Photography
Program where professional photographers from Chappell Graduation
Images attend each convocation ceremony to capture the moment
when your student's degree is conferred, as well as a few moments
later when they pose with their diploma. For more information,
After Mac ~ Getting ready for the next stage
Starting your career is an exciting climax to the education experience
but can also be scary. The McMaster Alumni Association,
in partnership with Career Services, is proud to introduce our
first annual Life After Mac Event Series geared
to help our graduating students as they get ready to leave Mac.
These events, which have run during the academic year offer students
and young alumni an opportunity to come together and learn valuable
"soft" skills that are not taught in the classroom and to network
with experts and develop skills for guaranteed success in the
workplace. For more information, visit http://www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/students/alumnilaunch.cfm
or email email@example.com
Talented New Graduates are Ready to Enter the Workforce
Graduation can be both an exciting and overwhelming time for McMaster
students. The possibilities for employment are endless and figuring
out what to do can take time, exploration and understanding. One
of the best ways to learn more about a particular career field is
by connecting with employers through networking.
Networking will provide new graduates with an opportunity to
learn more about a particular organization, the opportunities
that are available and the skills that employers are seeking.
Networking is not only about being in the “right place at
the right time” but also about recognizing and creating
opportunities. Career Services works with McMaster students to
assist them in recognizing their networking potential through
workshops and career panels where students meet employers and
ask questions about a particular industry or occupation.
This March students can participate in the Get Hired Panel as
part of our careerLINKS event series or attend one of our workshop
offerings that focus on the Art of Professional Networking. For
more information on these events or others, please visit the Career
Services website at http://careers.mcmaster.ca.
Submitted by: Jacqueline Fuciarelli
Events & Marketing Coordinator
Career Services, McMaster University
Conduct and Consequences
“Working on the internet gives you a feeling that you’re
not responsible for your actions as you feel that you are shielded
behind a computer”
“By the time I realized the severity of the content
of the group; it was too late, my name was affiliated with these
opinions which were far from my own”
These are excerpts from essays written by students who were found
in violation of an offence under the Student Code of Conduct for
conduct, which occurred in cyberspace. While students have the
right to conduct themselves as they wish online, these actions
can have implications for them as students and as members of the
McMaster community. Increasingly, online actions can impact our
students once they complete their degree as some employers use
the internet as a tool in their selection process. This has been
the focus of an upcoming poster campaign through Judicial Affairs.
The intent of the three poster series is to raise awareness about
using the internet, particularly social networking and blog sites
such as Facebook and MySpace. These sites offer students the chance
to connect with friends, share photos and have fun but also come
with certain responsibilities. It is important that users think
through some of the sites they visit or groups they join. These
sites often do not contain privacy options and even when they
do many do not activate them. Posting personal information, in
particular, is a risky choice that could have negative consequences.
Through awareness, we are hoping to encourage students to be mindful
of potential consequences and use the Internet with caution.
Preparing to Leave Rental Housing
Your son or daughter is preparing to graduate and move on. We
have prepared our list of the top five things to do before leaving
a rental property:
Good news for student renters who are on
good terms with their landlord, they may be able to get a letter
of reference if they want to rent again at a later date or in
a different city.
Students vacating their rental property should
provide written notice to the landlord at least 60 days in advance
of moving out so they do not fall into a trap of being considered
a "month-to-month tenant", and thus, becoming responsible
for continued rent.
Students should provide the landlord with
new contact information for any bills that might come in after
It’s a good idea to take photos of
the condition of the home avoiding the possibility of being
blamed for any subsequent damage caused by other tenants.
Never leave any unwanted furnishings, etc.,
in the home; dispose of them properly or make arrangements for
disposal through the landlord.
Transition from Student to Non-Student
I’ve often puzzled over what I call ‘last semester
angst’. Once students get past the majority of their schooling
successfully, having conquered the myriad challenges of the first
three years of their degree, they should be feeling confident
and excited about their upcoming graduation—right? After
talking to students and doing some reading, I’m beginning
to recognize some sources of the tension that seems to build as
students close in on the completion of their degree. I believe
that many students are affected by these concerns at an unconscious
level, although some are aware and able to talk about them and
take appropriate action.
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The McMaster Coffee Table Book ~ A great graduation present!
This April, the McMaster Alumni Association will announce the
release of the McMaster Coffee Table book - a collection of more
than 100 magnificent colour photos of McMaster - its beautiful
campus and the people that bring it to life. For a sneak peek,
Some important information for graduating students:
Titles will be hosting Ring Days in March where you can receive
10% off your ring purchase!
Our computer centre has been renovated!
Come check out the new MacMicro for all your computer needs, software,
and peripheral needs.
Graduating students will soon receive a flyer with a lot of great
information about their Convocation.
Join the e-update newsletter at http://titles.mcmaster.ca
to stay informed about all the great things we offer at the store!
We asked several students in different years to reflect on their
university experience. Here are some excerpts to give you a flavour
of what their thoughts are. It's interesting to see the change
over time in the concerns that they express.
Samuel Bong Si Cheng, First Year Humanities
Reminiscing on my secondary school years back in Singapore, my friends and I used to talk about our ambitions. This would occasionally lead to us discussing our hopes and desires for university life. When it came to such discussions, I personally felt worried about the assumed stressful and unwelcoming university life I would have to face, the difficulties of finding new friends and the tedious academics.
However, today everything seems different from what I had anticipated. Though this is only my first year in McMaster, I find myself enjoying university life. I have rarely faced barriers during this time of my life. Academics have not been nasty to me and my social circle seems to be growing. I have also been actively participating in the McMaster Urban Dance Company that allows me to freely explore my interest in dancing.
Aleisha Bauhaus, First Year Medical Radiation Science
Before, I would spend my time thinking about home, but now
I consider residence my home away from home, and it makes me more
excited to be a part of McMaster University.
Katie Jensen, First Year Science
As every first year has hopefully realized this far, it's
better to read ahead than fall behind. So at the start of term,
I took the time to really get ahead in all my classes and I have
so much more time to relax now. Choosing what friends you want
to spend next year with can be hard. The best thing to do, as
with anything in university, is get down to business and start
investigating the housing situation early.
Tyler Lane, 3rd year Honours Commerce
First term went really fast as it always seems to. I am still
in the process of narrowing down the focus of my Commerce degree,
and so have been spending some time reflecting on courses and
their relevance to my career, which is not far off now. There
are also many concerns outside of the classroom this time of year.
As some of my current housemates are trying to get internships
outside of Hamilton, and another one is graduating this year,
it seems I am once again having to decide who to live with and
where. I can't stand the thought of not knowing where I will end
up, but in the end things usually seem to work out. I need to
consider whether or not I will have time for some of the extra-curricular
things that I am currently involved in.
Gdyczynski, Fourth Year Honours Communication Studies and Multimedia
As graduation quickly approaches there are many different
thoughts floating through my mind. Most importantly I am concerned
with what being a graduate will mean. I've completed 4 years of
study to earn a Bachelor's Degree and now I'm about to enter 'the
real world' as my professors have often been quoted saying. What
exactly is the 'real world' and how is it different from the life
of a student?
Is your child thinking of going abroad?
All students at McMaster are encouraged to take advantage of
the several Work / Study / Intern
/ Volunteer Abroad programs offered by the University. McMaster
University is committed to the safety of students going on a sojourn
abroad. International Student Services provides a very comprehensive
online pre-departure orientation for all McMaster students going
abroad. The website contains information on assessing the students'
needs, country profiles, culture, pre-departure information, travel
tips and, most importantly, how to stay safe. Parents are encouraged
to read the information on this website with their son/daughter
and make plans together http://oisa.mcmaster.ca/WSAguide/Welcome.htm.
The Community Contribution
Awards ~ A great addition to your student's resume
Has your student been active participant in student activities?
If so, they may be eligible for Community Contribution Awards
which represent recognition for contribution to the University
or the community-at-large. To be eligible for consideration for
the Community Contribution Awards, full-time and part-time students
must be registered in Level II, III, IV or V of a first or second
baccalaureate program. Eligible candidates must be registered
and in good standing as a student of McMaster University.
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Summer Work Programs
McMaster Summer Work Programs sponsored by the Office of Student
Financial Aid & Scholarships (Gilmour Hall, 120) continue to grow
each year. When summer work programs began approximately ten years
ago, there were just over 30 campus employers involved with the
programs. In 2006, the programs helped 195 employers fill over
525 full and part-time jobs on campus and in the off-campus McMaster
community. McMaster University and some of its donors provide
funding for the programs. The University has committed a portion
of its operating revenues (including income from student tuition)
toward the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for
students. In 2006, students through the programs earned 1.07 million
Services Launches a Summer Job Survival Program for McMaster Students
Launching on Monday, February 5th is the Summer Job Survival
Program. Created to help McMaster students make it through the
summer gaining money and experience; this unique three week program
features both on campus events combined with online features to
give students greater access to summer job opportunities.
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David Braley Athletic Centre
The recent completion of the David Braley Athletic Centre will
make it easier for students to keep active this winter.
Encourage your son or daughter to make use of the new complex
which houses a new wellness and fitness centre, an indoor track
with four 200-metre lanes and sprint lanes, four new squash courts,
suitable for international competitions, an additional 15,000
square feet of gymnasium space, double the former capacity, along
with a high performance strength and conditioning area, an indoor
climbing wall, cycling studio as well as multipurpose studios
for karate, yoga, dance and tai chi and an expanded sports medicine
and rehabilitation centre.
Mid-term recess dates - February 19 -24, 2007
The University has a policy for inclement weather http://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/hlthsafe/stormemg.htm.
Please encourage your son or daughter to tune in to the following
stations if they are unsure whether to head out to class: Oldies
1150 am/KLITE 102.9 fm, CHAM 820 am, CHML 900 am/Y108 107.9 fm,
CFMU 93.3 fm, and Wave 94.7 fm or on the University’s website
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