From the Desk of the Principal: Spirit, enthusiasm, and a sense of purpose
As I write this, another emotion-filled convocation cycle has come to a successful conclusion – with more than 4,500 students graduating, in person or absentia, at 20 ceremonies – and campus is in the full gorgeous bloom of summer.
Because most convocations are now held in Grant Hall, the majority of 2011 graduates entered to the same stirring sounds of Queen’s magnificent concert organ reverberating throughout the same hall that many alumni will recall from their own graduations. And at the end of several of the ceremonies, the crowd broke into spontaneous Oil Thighs in the aisles.
Watching this newest group of exceptional graduates cross the stage to receive their degrees, I was struck by their spirit, enthusiasm, and strong sense of purpose. Speaking to some of them after the ceremonies reinforced my belief that our country and our world will benefit as these new Queen’s graduates move out into the wider community to make a difference.
Our students are distinguished by their actions and commitment to serving their community – both while they are here, and after they graduate. Here are some examples:
When you read this column, we’ll be focused on preparing for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year. I look forward to welcoming frosh and returning undergraduate, graduate, and professional students – to meeting, teaching and working with more outstanding young people from around the world who have chosen Queen’s as their home for the next few years.
As has been the case for almost 175 years, Queen’s continues to seek people with an ambitious spirit: People who are eager to learn, discover, think and do; people who want to push the limits of what can be achieved and develop ideas that make a difference in the world. Our exceptional faculty and staff will guide the education of these young (and sometimes not so young) adults, in and out of the classroom, and help prepare them to make a difference.