Largest-Ever Graduating Class Receives Degrees

Largest-Ever Graduating Class Receives Degrees


The Rector of the University, Prof. Mordechai Shechter, about to award the highest academic degree, the Ph.D., to a budding scholar. The class of 1996 constituted the University's largest-ever graduating class, 3,221 degree recipients in all, representing more than a 50 percent increase over the numbers who were graduated last year.

All three degrees are included in this figure as are the 137 recipients of the LL.B., awarded by the University for the first time. The Law Faculty, which graduated its first class, was the only Faculty to hold its own ceremony (See separate story on first Law Faculty graduation.) Otherwise there were two main ceremonies last June, one for the Bac calaureate and the second for graduate degrees.

In all, 2,366 received a Bachelor's degree. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Mathematics saw the most students graduating with a B.A.: 1,118. Of these, 81 were graduated with honors and 18 with high honors. The Faculty of Humanities produced 724 new B.A. holders, 53 of them with honors and 2 with high honors.

The School of Social Work awarded 198 Bachelor's, among which were 9 received with honors. The Department of Occupational Therapy, presently in the School of Education, was represented with 48 B.A. recipients. The totals for most of the School of Education are included in the Faculty counts. Those, however, who did a joint program with Oranim-Sch ool of Education of the Kibbutz Movement numbered 83 new degree holders with a humanities major (10 with honors and 3 with high honors) and 58 with a science major (5 with honors and 2 with high honors).

On the graduate level, some 400 students gained an M.A. degree. Again, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Mathematics led with the largest number—166. Of these, 8 received the degree with honors and 1 student with high honors. The School of Education awarded the second largest number of Master's degrees —109; three received theirs with honors a nd 1 student with high honors.
The Faculty of Humanities saw 69 new M.A. holders, 6 with honors and 1 with high honors. The School of Social Work had 56 students graduate with an M.A., three doing so with honors. At the highest degree level, the Doctor of Philosophy, 6 students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and 4 from the School of Education were conferred the Ph.D.

In addition to the degrees, the University also granted diplomas to 445 graduates. A total of 425 received theirs in teaching (these students already have their B.A.) and 20 from graduate programs in librarianship and museology.

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