There is an air of excitement in our graduate community as the academic year end approaches. With the Middle Common Room Formal tonight (27 October), a Halloween party on the weekend and Christmas Feast approaching, Graduate House provides its members a great calendar of social events that help balance the heavy load of study, pracs, tutorials, assignments and examinations that our post-grads have to face daily.
Tying academic and social together is one way of celebrating life at St Paul’s College. With an unusually high number of past Amy Louise Hart Scholars remaining in residence this year, only one award was made for Semester 2, to bring the society back up to its full complement of eleven awardees. Mr Ryan Cheng, was presented with his Amy Louise Hart Scholar’s Hood at formal dinner on 19 September. As this dinner occurred on the day of the funeral for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, College members attended in mourning dress, so uniquely, Ryan’s hood was not placed on his shoulders in the usual custom, but draped folded over his right arm.
All things Celtic were celebrated on 10 October with a dinner and ceilidh. Many students of international descent or citizenship wore national dress to celebrate diversity and culture. They danced the night away to a traditional Scots band learning the highland reel before kicking-on on the Roof Top Terrace.
Graduate House has built a remarkable tradition of “feasts” to celebrate its milestones and feast days with relevance to the community—bringing education, culture and heritage together.
PIC: A regular and favourite performer at Graduate House events is Mr Siupeli Haukoloa-Paea (MD 1). He always gets his audience singing along.