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 Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - FRAM DIN­SHAW

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.”

FRAM DIN­SHAW/TRURO NEWS

Dal AC stu­dents as­sem­bled in Jenk­ins Hall, where they posed for pho­tos be­fore walk­ing in a pro­ces­sion to the Langille Ath­letic Cen­tre.

FRAM DIN­SHAW/TRURO NEWS

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.

FRAM DIN­SHAW/TRURO NEWS

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.

FRAM DIN­SHAW/TRURO NEWS

It was all smiles on grad­u­a­tion day at Dal AC.

FRAM DIN­SHAW/TRURO NEWS

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.

FRAM DIN­SHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Vale­dic­to­rian speaker Jack Lynds de­liv­ers his speech at Dal AC’S 2019 Con­vo­ca­tion in Bi­ble Hill on May 10.

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