Cape Breton University Celebrates Achievements of More Than 650 Graduates

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The accomplishments of more than 650 Cape Breton University (CBU) graduates are set to be celebrated this Saturday, May 12, starting at 2 p.m. in the Canada Games Complex. The students will walk across the stage to receive diplomas, degrees and certificates in various disciplines, and will be warmly welcomed into the CBU alumni family, a camaraderie of more than15,000 members strong.

Notably, an honorary degree is being conferred on Cape Breton native and former Senator, Lowell Murray. He will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa in recognition of his political and social legacy and community contributions.  The Valedictorian for the 2012 Spring Graduating Class is Bachelor of Business Administration graduate, Justin Roper.

CBU President John Harker expects that the 2012 Graduating Class will influence change and sustainability as they embark on this next journey in their lives. “Just as other CBU graduates have done, I am confident that this year’s class will leave campus to become agents of change in their professions, communities and other endeavours. It is through hard-work and determination, support from family and friends and encouragement from the CBU community, that these graduates have achieved this milestone. I trust they will take with them many valuable lessons learned from their time at CBU as they continue forward.  I am also delighted that we are celebrating the fine career and personal accomplishments of our wonderful honorary degree recipient, Lowell Murray.  I am sure he will offer useful words of wisdom to the graduating class,” he says.

Lowell Murray was born in New Waterford, N.S., in 1936. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University.  On September 26, 2011, his 75th birthday, Mr. Murray retired as the longest-serving member of Canada’s Senate, having served in the Upper House for 32 years, following his 1979 appointment by the Right Honourable Joe Clark. He became a Privy Councillor in 1986 and was, for many years, a minister in various governments, including service as Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. A key figure in most of the major government initiatives of the period, Senator Murray was a leading participant in the federal-provincial-aboriginal constitutional process of 1986-87.

Roper will represent the graduating class as Valedictorian and says that his speech will focus on moving forward and striving to become successful. “I want students to realize while this might be a very high point in their lives, this is by no means should be the peak of their success,” he says.

The 2012 Spring Convocation ceremony will be broadcast live online at Those interested can also join the conversation on Twitter or send best wishes to graduates using the hash tag #CBUGrad12.