Who confers your degrees?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by John Benefield, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. The Traveling Man

    The Traveling Man Registered User

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    In your Jurisdiction the JD conducts candidates? In my Jurisdiction that's the SD's job.

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  2. Scoops

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    In Emulation, the JD conducts the candidate during the first degree. The SD conducted him in the second and third.

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  3. Mark Stockdale

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    it varies from lodge to lodge in Scotland, so far I haven't seen any 2 rituals the same, be that different office bearers doing different parts, and even the wording of each ritual. I think that's what makes visiting other lodges so interesting, as there is no set ritual here, the differences experienced whilst out and about open the mind to further learning.
     
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  4. Keith C

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    In PA the WM "appoints" an experienced Brother to be the Guide for the candidate, He prepares him for the Degree and conducts him through the Degree. I saw the WM "appoints" him, and officially that is what effectively happens, but the JW prepares the Trestle Board and is really the one who decides who does what for Degree meetings.
     
  5. Brother_Steve

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    This is how we "try" to do it in New Jersey even though it is not written. It is tough for a sitting master to do all three degrees. It also allows the Lodge to see how a Junior Warden will handle the pressure of a degree from the East.
     
  6. KSigMason

    KSigMason Traveling Templar Site Benefactor

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    In my Lodge the WM usually confers the degrees, but any MM can confer the degrees who wishes to (working on proficiency or the candidate's coach/mentor).

    The degree teams are overseen by different officers though. The SD plans EA, the JW plans FC, and SW plans MM.
     
  7. Keith C

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    Interesting.

    The only way someone who has not been signed off at District School can confer a Degree here is with a dispensation granted by the DDGM, who has to know the Brother is capable. It would be a rare occurrence, as there is ample opportunity to exemplify the Degree Work and by signed off by a Senior Instructor.
     
  8. KSigMason

    KSigMason Traveling Templar Site Benefactor

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    Our DDGM is the one that signs off on a certificate, but if it is done in Lodge, they don't have to be present though or authorize someone to confer (that authority is vested with the WM). DDGMs are the personal rep of the MWGM, but have very limited powers in Idaho.
     

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