McGill is renowned for its work – the quality of its work, the breadth of its work and the impact of its work that is felt around the world. This is a place where an old-fashioned work ethic has never gone out of style, be it among faculty, researchers, staff and, of course, students.
But this week McGillians get to put aside the tools of their respective trades from time to time in order to celebrate that special moment in the academic calendar when 2,500 students take part in a dozen Convocation ceremonies.
When Spring Convocation finally wraps with the Schulich School of Music ceremony on June 4, we will have celebrated in the rain, we will have celebrated in the sun and we will have celebrated in the smoky clouds of forest fires blown in from up North. Through it all, one thing has shone through – the fiercely proud smiles of McGill’s graduating students, their friends and their families.
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It is a moment filled with opportunity and promise for each and every one. And it is also a moment of challenge as the graduates, having worked hard to get where they are, now confront the future – better armed, to be sure, than they were three or four years ago, but still facing the complexities of life in this fast-paced age.
They are justly be proud of their accomplishments, as every diploma represents years of dedication, inspiration and, yes, very hard work.