This Saturday, Cape Breton University will celebrate the achievements of 330 students during its fall convocation ceremony being held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. Students from 14 countries will cross the stage to receive degrees, diplomas and certificates and will be welcomed into an alumni family of more than 20,000 strong. Honorary degrees are being awarded to Eurince Harker and Mary Rebecca Julian. Each woman will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, for their life’s work in human rights advocacy and the preservation of Mi’kmaw culture, respectively.
“My hope for this class of CBU graduates is that when they look to the future they see opportunities no matter what lies ahead. We are living in a time of rapid change and their years at CBU have prepared them well to adapt. I challenge them to use their knowledge and skills to better their communities and inspire others to make a difference. As they move along their journeys, I know I will hear great things of this group,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, President & Vice-Chancellor.
The student body has chosen Eleanor Sidley, a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management student and current Cape Breton University Students’ Union President, as its valedictorian. Sidley is originally from Ontario and arrived at CBU as community college transfer student. “It’s such an incredible honour to be chosen as the valedictorian for the fall 2017 Convocation. It’s so humbling to be representing the graduating class, as well as the University that has come to mean so much to me these past few years. I know everyone who is graduating is going to miss CBU and all the students, staff and faculty that have become a part of our extended family during our time here, but it is very exciting to look toward our futures.”
The convocation ceremony will begin at 2 pm and will be streamed online at www.cbu.ca/convocation. Those wishing to send congratulatory messages to graduates can do so via social media using #CBUGrads17.