Graduation 2015/1915: Masters of Arts

Today Summer Graduation season begins with MAs graduating at 11am and 4pm!

To celebrate we have uploaded profiles for the 484 people who graduated from the University of Glasgow 100 years ago, in 1915! You can view their profiles here.

Amongst our 1915 graduates we had 252 MA graduates and here are the stories of a couple of them:

Janet Kennedy Robertson (nee Gartshore) graduated MA from the University in 1915.

She was born at Brownsville, Jamaica, daughter of Reverend John Gartshore, a missionary of the United Free Church of Scotland. Janet enrolled at the University in 1911, taking courses in Geography, English, Logic, French and German, the latter two subjects to honours level. Returning to Jamaica, ‘Jenny Gartshore’ became the first headmistress of the Jamaica St Andrew High School for Girls, creating the school’s motto “Life More Abundant”.

Matriculation slip for Janet Kennedy Gartshore (R8/5/35/9)

Matriculation slip for Janet Kennedy Gartshore (R8/5/35/9)

Another illustrious MA graduate of 100 years ago is Professor Alexander Macbeath, CBE.

Alexander Macbeath graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in 1915.

He was born in 1888 in Applecross, Ross-shire and he was a fluent Gaelic speaker. He studied subjects such as Moral Philosophy and Logic and received a variety of prizes including a first class certificate of merit in Logic and Metaphysics as well as the Alexander Smart Memorial Prize.

Alexander Macbeath also served as a soldier in WWI during his studies.

2nd Lieutenant Alexander Macbeath

2nd Lieutenant Alexander Macbeath

Alexander received a lectureship in Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 1920 and in 1923 he was appointed senior lecturer of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Glasgow.

Macbeath was heavily involved in the field of social services and was secretary to the Council of the Glasgow Charity Organization Society in 1919 and at Belfast he served on the Council for Social Welfare for 27 years.

He was also a prominent member of the Council for Civil Liberties. His service to the community in Northern Ireland was recognized in his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1953.


Congratulations all the MA graduates today! We wish you every success #UofGclassof2015 ! #UofGworldchangers #UofGinspiringpeople

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