Reflections from Fall Convocation
Convocation offers the opportunity for reflection, a chance to think deeply about the role education plays in our lives and in our communities. In a world marked by political conflict and growing social and economic inequality, education is a powerful tool that offers us the chance to use our skills and knowledge to improve our shared world. Last month, as we celebrated this fall’s 340 graduates and their many accomplishments, I was reminded again of the power we have as individuals to be catalysts for positive change, through actions large and small.
Our convocation student award winners, including our fifteen Senate medallists, have demonstrated through their academic and personal success an aptitude for leading by example. Their hard work, perseverance, and tenacity have served them well during their time here at the Mount, and as these students and the rest of this year’s graduating class continue their journey as Mount alumnae, I look forward to many more stories of leadership, determination, and examples of the Mount spirit of engagement with the world in action.
Shown here is Dr. Joan Glode, addressing guests during
the Chancellor's Dinner.
|Shown above (L-R): Sarah Veinot, Board of Governors (Chair); |
Dr. Margaret Casey, CM, MD, LLD, DHumL; myself, and
S. Donna Geernaert, University Chancellor.
|Dr. Elizabeth Church, Vice-President (Academic); Dayle|
Eshelby, Valedictorian (morning ceremony); and myself.
At the Mount, we believe that each of us has a responsibility to lead by example. I’m inspired by the stories of students like Dayle and by the selfless examples of leadership-in-action demonstrated by the work of Dr. Glode and Dr. Casey. These individuals are forces for good, and their work inspires us all to continue to be part of the change we wish to see in the world.
Until next time,