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e-dition - November 1, 2007

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 85th Convocation on Sunday, October 21, 2007.

President's Address to the graduands
"Autumn on the prairies is the traditional time of harvest when we celebrate the fruits of our labour. In the words of Alfred Tennyson, 'Rise in the heart in looking on the happy autumn fields,'" President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy told the graduates of the Class of 2007. "For this university too it is a time to feel a rise in our hearts as we celebrate a new harvest of graduates whose labour and efforts are to be recognized by the granting of a degree and to thank those who support, inspire and serve as examples for them as they venture along their respective paths. This Convocation is an occasion for all of us, both individually and as an institution, to rejoice in our achievements and look towards the future."

President AxworthyDr. Axworthy noted that it a special time for reflection because this year marks a turning point in the life of The University of Winnipeg. "In 1967 we began as a small but highly regarded liberal arts and science college serving a relatively homogenous student body in downtown Winnipeg. Today, in the 40th Anniversary year of our founding, we offer a full range of graduate and undergraduate programs to a highly diverse student body of more than 9,000 in an urban community experiencing dramatic changes and challenges, and influenced by our myriad connections to the global village," he stated. "Graduates, you are now part of a network of 40,000 alumni around the world who will forever carry the lessons and outlooks, friendships and associations garnered here at The University of Winnipeg."

Top Marks in Globe & Mail Report Card Tribute to Faculty & Staff
In the Globe and Mail Report Card released last month, The University of Winnipeg comes out as one of the best universities in the country. The University finished first among Western Canadian universities for academic reputation, quality of teaching and availability of public transportation. UWinnipeg students gave the University ‘A’ marks in class sizes, teaching quality, overall quality of education, satisfaction with the university experience, faculty-student interaction, faculty members’ knowledge of subjects, and availability outside classroom hours.

Platform Party"This is a tribute to our faculty and staff whose wisdom, expertise, and generosity of spirit have contributed so much to this University and to the personal growth and academic success of our graduates," Dr. Axworthy said.

Concept of Sustainability
"As we build on this success and respond creatively and effectively to the needs of this changing world, we must merge the strong traditions of our past with a vision for the future. In so doing, the University must act as a catalyst for ideas and action, research and education to address the urgent issues that confront us in this early stage of the third millennium. Central to any solution is the concept of sustainability."

The University of Winnipeg is on the road to becoming a national, if not global, leader in sustainable development as this concept must be broadly understood in the 21st century, he said. "We have steadily worked towards fostering an increased sense of global citizenship within the University community – bringing human rights, social justice and environmental responsibility together to address our most pressing issues and to prepare our future leaders for the world they are inheriting," said Dr. Axworthy."Our ultimate goal is to create a truly sustainable campus that acts upon its local and global responsibilities to protect and enhance the health and well-being of humans and the ecosystem."

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

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