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Le CMR célèbre son 60e anniversaire en tant qu’institution délivrant des grades universitaires / RMC Marks 60 Years as a Degree Granting Institution

Above: Dr. Harry Kowal and BGen Sébastien Bouchard cut the cake at the special Unit Fund Coffee held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959.

Dear College Team,

March 26 is 60 years to the day that the Ontario Provincial Legislature recognized the Royal Military College of Canada’s academic excellence by creating and empowering the RMC Senate to grant university degrees. It is through the Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959, that Officer Cadets are granted their degree at RMC. This is a proud moment for RMC and we encourage you to celebrate this great achievement. Much has changed in the way the College functions over the last 60 years. Through innovation and adaptation, we will continue to improve on our core mandate and ensure continued academic excellence.

BGen Sébastien Bouchard               Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal

Commandant                                    Principal

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Chère Équipe du Collège,

Le 26 mars fait 60 ans que l’Assemblée législative de l’Ontario reconnaît l’excellence académique du Collège militaire royal du Canada en créant et en habilitant le Sénat du CMR à accorder des diplômes universitaires. C’est par la Loi Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959 que les élèves-officiers se voient accordé leur diplôme au CMR. C’est un moment de fierté pour le CMR et nous vous encourageons à célébrer cette immense réalisation. Le fonctionnement du Collège a beaucoup changé au cours des 60 dernières années. Grâce à l’innovation et à l’adaptation, nous continuerons d’améliorer notre mandat fondamental et d’assurer l’excellence de nos programmes.

Le Bgén Sébastien Bouchard             Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal

College personnel gathered at the Senior Staff Mess on Thursday, March 28, 2019, to mark the occasion.

One Comment

  • Aus Cambon

    April 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Many of us remember that the process of RMC seeking and being granted the power to grant degrees was a long one. About three years. During this protracted period many of us in the early Post-WWII era, though deemed to have already been educated to university-level standards or better, were given the opportunity to spend an academic year at a Canadian university to earn a degree. Many of us did so. When RMC finally received degree-granting status we received our RMC Degrees retroactively. As an example, my RMC Degree includes the following wording: “Given at Kingston, Ontario, this third day of October nineteen hundred and fifty-nine. Retroactive to the thirty-first of May, nineteen hundred and fifty-four.” I cherish the memory of our Convocation ceremony and remain very proud of having earned an RMC Degree.
    3201 Austen (Aus) Cambon, Class of RR’52/RMC’54.