Celebrating Convocation 2013

Dear Members of the UPEI Community,

At the University of Prince Edward Island, we welcome the month of May with the anticipation and excitement that accompanies convocation. Close to 1,000 graduates will receive degrees, diplomas, and certificates at two ceremonies to be held on Saturday, May 11. On this day, when the hard work and commitment of our students is rewarded and dreams are realized, the entire University community shares a great sense of pride as the members of this graduating class celebrate their accomplishments with loved ones and friends.

As we proudly recognize the Class of 2013, we should also take a moment to consider and appreciate the important roles that our faculty and staff have played in the academic lives of our graduates by supporting students and the student experience at UPEI. I encourage colleagues to attend one or both of our convocation ceremonies to celebrate this important milestone and experience the ceremonial occasion that represents the fulfillment of our University’s mission.

Our graduates now move from their classrooms into our communities with optimism and an eagerness to contribute. I trust that the knowledge and experiences gained during their time at UPEI will serve them well in their endeavours.

While we prepare to join our graduating students and their families in celebration, I recognize that our University community is also experiencing concern and uncertainty due to the budget realities we face. As colleagues we must continue to make great efforts to confront this challenge in a collaborative manner. I encourage our campus community to continue to demonstrate to our soon-to-be graduates, our current and future students, our alumni and members of the larger community we serve, that UPEI exemplifies the very principles that we strive to instill in our students—the benefits of team work, the development of creative solutions to challenges, the determination to chart a course for the future and to achieve one’s mission, respect for others, and the courage to embrace change and fulfill potential.

We are fortunate to live in Prince Edward Island and be part of an outstanding community of learning. In the days ahead we will celebrate the UPEI Class of 2013 and their marvellous achievements. In doing so, we also celebrate the efforts of our campus community to support our students in their success and prepare them for exciting futures filled with possibility.

Best wishes,

Alaa Abd-El-Aziz
President and Vice-Chancellor

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