Message from the Chancellor

As a fellow alumnus, I congratulate you on your graduation and on the hard work, dedication and commitment it has taken to reach this impressive milestone.

Thinking back, I am struck by how important my experience at Dalhousie was in shaping my career and my own commitment to citizenship.

Citizenship is defined as the quality of one’s response to membership in a community. And during your time at Dalhousie, you have witnessed global events – like the response to a pandemic, the fight against climate change, and the protest of systemic racism – that affirm the importance, now more than ever before, of our individual responsibility to strive for public good.

As you embark on your future, I hope that Dalhousie has given you more than just a good foundation for your career. I hope the events of our time, while here at Dalhousie, help forge you as a citizen prepared to roll up your sleeves and lean in to build a better world.

You completed your studies in extraordinary times — ones that have kept us separated in the short term but will unite you and your classmates forever. And while it pains me not to be able to celebrate the Class of 2021 on stage with you, I hope that someday our paths will cross, and I will have the opportunity to congratulate you in person.

Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing the progress you help achieve for your communities, your countries, and for humanity.

The Honourable Scott Brison