Cape Breton University is celebrating its 2011 Fall Convocation on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m.at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. CBU will recognize the achievements of 257 students from 13 countries including Canada, Taiwan and Nigeria, who will join a proud alumni family of more than 15,000 members strong. Notably, honorary degrees are being conferred on James D. Irving, J.D. Irving Limited; Lloyd MacDonald, MacDonald Auto Group; and Teresa MacNeil, an educator and community advocate.
President John Harker expects that this class will, like past graduating classes, leave CBU to impact change in various aspects of their lives. “If you look around the CBU campus there is no denying that over the last number of years we have grown, and I trust for the better, just as I expect our graduates have. As students leave CBU, they do so able and ready to take on challenges, ask questions and make a difference,” says Dr. Harker. “I’m pleased that we are also recognizing the fine work of Jim Irving, Lloyd MacDonald and Teresa MacNeil, by bestowing on them each an honorary degree. Their stories undoubtedly will inspire our graduates and those in attendance.”
During the ceremony, Cape Breton University will confer a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, on Jim Irving and Teresa MacNeil and a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Lloyd MacDonald. Jim Irving will deliver the address to the graduates.
Valedictorian Kalyn MacLeod reflects fondly on her time at CBU. “Overall, my experiences at CBU have not only provided me with a solid education, but they have also helped me to discover my true passion for science, lifelong learning, and working with others. I am truly grateful for all of my experiences at CBU and would not hesitate to recommend this university to anyone.” MacLeod is currently enrolled at Dalhousie University where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.
The Fall Convocation ceremony will be available online at www.cbu.ca/convocation.