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'More like a reunion than a graduation,' pandemic grads welcomed back for in‑person convocation ceremony and reception
It was a day full of proud smiles, big hugs, and excitement for things to come.
On July 6th, Dalhousie’s 2020 & 2021 Faculty of Health graduates rejoiced in attending their in-person convocation, followed by a reception at LeMarchant Place. The day’s energy was exciting, whether you were a recipient of a diploma, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or a PhD; all accomplishments were worthy cause for celebration. The splendid reception event was led by Laura Sinclair, Alumni and Donor Relations Officer for Dal Health’s Office of the Dean. After sending out a survey to gauge interest in the event, organizers were ecstatic to welcome over 160 people.
Rachele, a master’s graduate in Leisure Studies, and sessional instructor in the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program, explained how the convocation and subsequent reception “felt like closing a chapter.” PhD in Nursing graduate, Tim, made a similar observation, recounting how the day made him “feel like he was finally putting a bow” on his Dalhousie education.
Tasty treats were enjoyed as people chatted and posed for photos taken by photographer, Bruce Bottomley. Laura, a master’s graduate in Health Administration, expressed her faith in the power of ceremony, while reflecting on an important day for the Dal Health community.
“Post-pandemic, I’m taking time to really appreciate the positive things. It’s also not just for me, it’s for my husband as well, who was here with me through my whole journey.”
Dr. Brenda Merritt, Dean of the Faculty of Health, smiled as she observed the scene:
“For the graduates to have family around them, and to walk that stage in that procession, it means a lot. To have their families here is really special.”
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