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Academic Procession

e-dition - October 20, 2006

Professor Bill Rannie, chief marshall, leads the platform party for Autumn Convocation.

Autumn Convocation:

A Time to Honour Our Graduates & Award Recipients

By Ilana Simon

The University of Winnipeg joined family, friends, and the public in honouring the graduands and award recipients of the University's 82nd convocation on Sunday, October 15, 2006.

"Graduation is an important event in your life. Today you join more than 30,000 University of Winnipeg alumni around the world," said Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy Diane McGifford in greetings brought on behalf of the Government of Manitoba. "As a graduate of The University of Winnipeg who feels a debt of gratitude to this institution, may your education bring you the same joy."

In his greetings, Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard noted, "Every convocation is a special occasion for the family and friends of students. It's a pleasure to be here today as my wife Lenore Berscheid receives her Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy.

"Formal education is not the end of learning. Congratulations to all of today's graduates and I urge all of you to continue on your path of learning."

President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy President's Address to the Graduands

"This afternoon’s convocation is a special moment in the life of this university. It is an opportunity to gather in celebration of the graduates of fall 2006 who have successfully achieved the distinction of gaining a degree of higher learning," President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy told the graduates of the Class of 2006. "This is your special moment dedicated to recognizing your achievements and welcoming you as members of the extended university community. It is also a time when another door opens. Choices are to be made. The world of possibilities and potential now beckons, accompanied by some risk and a tinge of uncertainty."

After interviewing members of UWinnipeg's senior graduating class who were applying for a range of scholarships, Dr. Axworthy witnessed just how they had used their time at The University of Winnipeg. "They explored new avenues of thought and practice - from how to marry science and ethics, to understanding the areas of research into neuro-psychology and chemistry, to advancing the cause of sustainability, to challenging conventional wisdoms of international development," he recounted. "It was testimony to just how crucial the university world is in advancing free open inquiry, stimulating the challenges to conventional understanding, pushing out the boundaries of thought, action and limitation."

Value of a liberal education

The liberal education you have experienced has been a nurturing ground that should make you "independent of mind, skeptical of authority, and above all able to forge an identity that is yours", he advised students. "Whatever has been your field of study I hope and trust that this is one quality of your education that you will continue to husband, embellish and apply. The times we live in demand it."

For more on Autumn Convocation 2006, visit the Convocation website.

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