Since I will be completing my term in March 2007, I wanted to take this opportunity following my final Convocation ceremony as your chancellor to thank the University community and our students for their support with Convocation over the past four years.
It has been a great privilege to serve as chancellor at Convocation. My gratitude for such a privilege is difficult to put into words. Convocation perhaps best sums up all the things the University means to me.
It takes a lot of people working together to ensure that our students get across the stage, including: parents and supporters, friends and peers, employers and a host of people here on campus who recruit, assist, inspire, teach and motivate our students to complete their degrees, diplomas and certificates of achievement.
Convocation shows off the University at its best to a happy gathering of proud families, friends and, most importantly, our students – now graduates – who no doubt have interesting futures ahead of them.
None of this would be possible without the dedication of a huge number of people, including our administrative and support staff, faculty members and community volunteers, who work very hard all year to make sure that our ceremonies are well-planned, relevant and meaningful.
During my time as chancellor, I have been involved in welcoming more than 6,000 students to the U of L alumni family as well as several U of L “firsts” that show off our continued evolution as a leading research and learning institution.
Recent Convocations have celebrated our increasing number of graduate students, our first doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree presentations, and Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program graduates from the Faculty of Education.
This past ceremony was particularly challenging as we used the new Centre for Sport and Wellness for the first time. With construction still underway in some places, the contractor and Physical Plant staff who made the facility look great in record time should be especially commended.
The new space gives the Convocation Committee some opportunities to fine-tune the ceremonies in light of the new building and its potential advantages.
I look forward to attending many more Convocations in this wonderful environment and to welcoming the next chancellor of the University of Lethbridge into this interesting and talented group of people who make Convocation so special.
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