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Message from the Chancellor


Convocation is a day of well-deserved celebration. For students, it signifies the completion of years of hard work but also the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their lives. For families, it is a day to recognize those years of dedication and to embrace enthusiastically the pride that convocation evokes. For all of us, convocation is a time to look optimistically into the future, to share in centuries-old academic traditions and, most importantly, to celebrate our graduates.

Twice each year, thousands of people travel from across Canada and around the world to be part of convocation ceremonies. Among staff and faculty members on our campuses, everyone pauses to acknowledge the success of our graduates and to reflect and remember the real reason we are here:  to contribute toward the preparation of the world’s newest leaders, life-changers and influencers. The accomplishments of our graduating students are a source of pride for all of us associated with Dalhousie.

We hope our convocation ceremonies create wonderful memories for our graduating students, their families and friends. Should you have questions or comments about these events, or suggestions for how our ceremonies can be made even more meaningful, we welcome your ideas.

For almost 200 years, Dalhousie graduates have been making significant contributions to Canada and the world. With convocation, the promise of our lasting impact continues. Congratulations to all at this very special time of year. 

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E.
Chancellor