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Spring celebrations

[convocation photo]
Photo by Bernard Clark

Over 21 ceremonies in May and June, 4,528 members of the Queen’s class of 2016 became Queen’s alumni, celebrating with classmates, family and professors. Find a large collection of photos from almost every convocation ceremony on Flickr.

As part of Queen’s 175th anniversary celebrations, all 2016 honorary degree recipients are Queen’s alumni. Here are some words of wisdom from our newest LLD, DSc, and DD degree recipients.

[Gord Sinclair]
Honorary degree recipient Gord Sinclair spoke on behalf of his fellow members of The Tragically Hip.

"Accept that success is something best savoured collectively, not individually.”
Gord Sinclair, Artsci’86, LLD’16

[convocation photo]
Business graduates share a laugh after their convocation ceremony.

"Trust in your Queen’s community: she’ll be there for you. she always has been."
P. Kim Sturgess, Sc’77, DSc’16

"Look out for that opportunity to help shape someone’s path, just like Don did for me."
Robert Marsh, Com’07 (and past Sobey Scholarship recipient) on behalf of Donald Creighton Rae Sobey, Com’57, LLD’16

"Be mindful of how you’re interacting with others. you can change, not only your own, but others’ life courses."
Debra Pepler, PHE’73, Ed’74, DSc’16

"Find a major problem – maybe a global problem, a national problem, maybe a local problem… and work to fix it with a passion and a hunger and an urgency as if your life depended on it."
Ali Velshi, Artsci’94, LLD’16

[convocation photo]
Queen's newest MDs celebrate with one of their professors, Jackie Duffin.

"Lead a self-examined life. dig in. don’t be a carbon copy of what appears to be happiness. know who you are and you will love the thing you do."
Wendy Crewson, Artsci’77, LLD’16

"I encourage you to consider where change is needed and to play your role in initiating those changes that will improve the human experience."
Eileen Hutton, NSc’74, DSc’16

"Your task is to wake each day committed to a life of grace, humility, connection, compassion, justice for each other and the natural world."
Brian Yealland, MDiv’72, DD’16

[convocation photo]
New graduates are all smiles.

"You do not know your own power. Start believing in it."
Piers Handling, Arts’71, LLD’16

"You are not in a dress rehearsal of your life to come; you’re there already."
Ronald McCallum, LLM’74, LLD’16

[convocation photo]
Convocation is a time to celebrate with family and friends.

"First we had atoms and electrons, and then smaller particles became ‘supreme-o’
leptons, quarks, muons, bosons, anti-quarks and even the neutrino!
The neutrinos isolated underground in sudbury do not have much size,
But this discovery resulted in Queen’s Professor Mcdonald’s… Nobel Prize!"
Stephen Safe, Arts’62, MSc’63, DSc’16

You can watch Dr. Safe’s full convocation poem, as well as the rest of the spring convocation ceremony videos, online.

[cover of Alumni Review 2016 Issue 3]