(June 27, 2012) -- Supportive parents. Dedicated professors. Thoughtful and generous grandparents.
While 86 St. Mary’s University College graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees and certificates today, many more watched from the audience with a mixture of emotions—pride, relief, hope and gratitude.
Convocation is a day to honour graduates, but it is also cherished by those who have been cheering from the sidelines every step of the way.
“I wouldn’t be here without you,” Steve Erick said simply, as he asked Professor Norman Knowles to step aside for a photograph after the ceremony. The Bachelor of Education graduate was expressing what so many others were saying in words, gestures and smiles as they mingled and embraced on the steps and lawns of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
The cathedral was a beautiful setting for the ceremony, which featured performances by the St. Mary’s University College choir and speeches from Board of Governors Chair Terry McCoy, President Gerry Turcotte and St. Mary’s Chancellor, Bishop Frederick Henry.
Geraldine Perry, St. Mary’s first librarian and long-time supporter, was named an Honourary Fellow for her contributions to the formation of our institution.
Dr. Timothy Harvie, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, received the Dr. David Lawless Researcher/Scholar Award, a monetary award which will support Dr. Harvie’s research initiatives.
Nicole Moore, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Psychology, received the Gold Medal Award for achieving the highest cumulative grade point average in a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Darren Corpe, who earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in General Studies, expressed gratitude in his valedictorian address – but this time to fellow students.
“To my fellow graduates: thank you. Thank you for being ladies and gents, holding the door for me at school even when I was still a sprint away from the door.
“Thank you for engaging me in spirited dialogues in the hall, and for finally coercing geeky old me to come to one of the many infamous parties at the end of this school year.
“I hope to see you in the future, but whether I do or not, I send you my best wishes. Many of you will start families; have fun with it and don’t forget to use your imagination.
“Finally, to paraphrase Jesus in the Gospels, be glad with the good gifts you receive from our Heavenly Father.”