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Proud mo­ments, sen­ti­ments shared at Aca­dia grad­u­a­tion.

Out­go­ing Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent got a stand­ing ova­tion dur­ing Con­vo­ca­tion Cer­e­monies on May 14.

One of the grad­u­ates who re­ceived diplo­mas stopped for a ‘selfie’ with the pop­u­lar Ray Ivany. Dur­ing three cer­e­monies about 800 stu­dents grad­u­ated last week­end.

“I feel like a mem­ber of the class of 2017,” he told the au­di­ence in a full Con­vo­ca­tion Hall.

Be­ing Aca­dia’s pres­i­dent, he termed “one of the great­est hon­ours and priv­i­leges of my life.”

At a bit­ter­sweet time in his life, Ivany said he feels in­tensely proud of the class of 2017, invit­ing the grad­u­ates to join a long lin­eage of alumni.

The pres­i­dent called on the grads to make the world a better place. His term ends June 30.

Dis­tin­guished women’s rights lawyer, Mau­reen Mcteer, posed three thought­ful com­ments af­ter re­ceiv­ing her hon­orary de­gree.

She said not all change has an equal im­pact in terms of med­i­cal sci­ence, so Mcteer called on fu­ture ge­netic en­gi­neers and oth­ers to de­cide what makes us hu­man.

Look­ing at the evolv­ing na­ture of work, Mcteer said she hopes peo­ple treat tech­nol­ogy as a tool and hu­mans are ac­corded a cen­tral role in a world where “the mantra is profit at all costs.”

Speak­ing di­rectly to the grads, Mcteer asked them to use their “lib­eral arts ed­u­ca­tion as a moral ground­ing in or­der to build a more hu­man, more hu­mane and more re­spect­ful com­mu­nity.”

An Aca­dia Di­vin­ity School grad­u­ate who worked in Toronto’s in­ner city, Rick To­bias, was also awarded an hon­orary de­gree May 14.

Dr. Conville Brown (’79) of Nas­sau; San­dra Irv­ing (’74) of Saint John; and Dr. Robert Walker (’73) from Ot­tawa were also rec­og­nized for a life­time com­mit­ment to aca­demic, so­cial, and sci­en­tific achieve­ment.


Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates leave post-sec­ondary ed­u­a­tion with high hopes and ex­pec­ta­tions.

Ray Ivany

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