Here, students are writing exams in Convocation Hall in 1960.
However, the way they have learned their final marks has changed over time.
For many decades final grades were published in The StarPhoenix for all to see.
By 1968 marks were posted alphabetically on “small boards” in Convocation Hall. This led Elinor Chelsom, Assistant Professor of Education, to write to Registrar J. A. Dorgan and make “a strong plea for a radical change in the present primitive system of releasing final marks.”
She paints a picture of thousands of people crowding into a limited space, resulting in “pandemonium and “near-riot”´ conditions. She goes on the question the need for “this savage tribal ceremony.”
The letter worked and the system was changed the following year. Marks would be posted at various locations around the campus.
Today’s student can check their marks securely online.