Dal AC students celebrate their graduation day
Convocation at Dal’s Bible Hill campus brought hundreds of students and their families to celebrate their success
TRURO, N. S. – Cheers and applause greeted nearly 200 Dal AC students as they were honoured during convocation Friday.
There were 176 undergraduates who received certificates, together with eight Master of Science graduates and two more PHD students.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Dal AC,” said valedictorian Jack Lynds, from North River, before the ceremony. “I cannot say enough good things about it and I look forward to what happens for me and my classmates.”
Lynds had good reason to feel proud. He was part of a four-strong Dal AC team who won the Canadian Engineering Competition for the third year running in March.
On Friday, Lynds received his engineering diploma after studying for two years. He will attend Dalhousie University in Halifax for the final two years of his studies
Lynds described his departure from Dal AC as “bittersweet.”
In his valedictorian address, Lynds had plenty to feel bittersweet about, mentioning last year’s campus fire, which resulted in class disruption and the loss of valuable data.
“When something like this happens, it would be easy to fold, but that is not the ‘Aggie’ spirit,” said Lynds in his speech. “We rallied together and made the best of an unfortunate situation.”
He spoke of a different fire, the one in the hearts of students, which drove them to choose Dal AC as a place to study, and he challenged them to succeed.
“Let’s take this fire with us as we graduate and never lose the passion for what we do or the resilience that we have shown,” said Lynds. “Let’s show the world what Aggies are all about.”
Lynds urged fellow students to reflect on their fondest memories of Dal AC as they stepped into the world and to thank all those people who helped them along the way, be they professors, friends, or family members.
He ended his speech with his favourite Dr. Seuss quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Dal AC students assembled in Jenkins Hall, where they posed for photos before walking in a procession to the Langille Athletic Centre.
Two ladies in gowns snap a selfie inside Dal AC’S Jenkins Hall, before walking over to the Langille Athletic Centre for the main ceremony on May 10.
The 186 undergrad, Masters and PHD students walked in a procession to Dal AC’S Langille Athletic Centre for the formal convocation ceremony on May 10.
It was all smiles on graduation day at Dal AC.
Graduation day is always a fantastic photo op for students’ loved ones, who lined the streets as students walked over to the Langille Athletic Centre at Dal AC.
Valedictorian speaker Jack Lynds delivers his speech at Dal AC’S 2019 Convocation in Bible Hill on May 10.