I felt honoured to attend the UBC Fall 2015 graduation ceremony last Thursday Nov 26th as an Alumni Representative. The ceremony was held at the Chan Centre at 12.30pm. The weather was perfect with clear blue skies, and I saw dozens of proud and happy parents, grandparents, and siblings swarming around the new graduates. Their happiness rubbed off on you, and you couldn’t help but feel joyful yourself. I found myself wearing a happy grin by the end of the ceremony.
As a sat on the podium, I was inspired by the speeches given by Chancellor Lindsay Gordon and Acting President Martha Piper. In particular, I was moved by a talk given by Graduating Class Member,Tim Krupa, who said that no matter what station in life we attain, no matter how much material wealth we gain, the thing that truly matters is our relationships – our relationships with friends, family, and love ones. How true. We are social beings, first and foremost.
I never got to attend my own UBC graduation ceremony back in 1989. I feel that attending this session sort of makes up for it. I’d like to thank Christine Lee, Associate Director at UBC Development & Alumni Engagement, for extending this rare invitation to me. Also in attendance as a fellow Alumni Representative was Beatrice Gill, B.A. Beatrice and I both serve as mentors in the UBC Faculty of Arts Tri-Mentoring Program.
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