Graduation 2016/1916: Astute Arts Graduate


Congratulations to all the MA students from the College of Arts who graduate today. The 11am ceremony will feature students from the School of Critical Studies and the School of Culture and Creative Arts. This will be followed by the next graduation ceremony at 4pm, when it is the turn of students from the School of Humanities and the School of Modern Language and Cultures Comparative Literature to receive their degrees.

We had a look through our student records to find out the stories of MA graduates from 100 years ago. One particularly notable MA graduate who succeeded in French, German and English during her time here stood out:

Marjorie May Ferguson

Marjorie May Ferguson began her studies at the University of Glasgow aged 17. She was the daughter of Daniel Ferguson, a Civil Engineer, and listed her home address as ‘Adalea’, Shawlands, Glasgow. She enrolled onto an Arts degree, studying French and German in her first year and later took classes in both English Literature and History.

marjorie may ferguson

Marjorie had a highly successful academic career. She won various prizes for French Language and Literature, such as the first prize medal offered by the Alliance Francaise in her second year, as well as the first prize medal offered by the Franco Scottish Society in her third year.  In addition to this, she was also awarded first prize by the Ministry of Public Instructions in France in her fourth year. She excelled in her other subjects too, winning the Nichol Memorial Prize for English Language and Literature and gaining first class certificate in German Language and Literature. After graduating in 1916, Marjorie went on to become a University lecturer and lived at 7 Doune Terrace, Glasgow.

We wish the new MA graduates the best of luck in your future endeavours, wherever they may take you. Don’t forget to check out the 1916 graduates on the University Story website, and if you would like to find out about any graduates from 1916 please e-mail us at

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