Without a doubt, convocation is one of my favourite times of the year.
It's extraordinary to see Humber College graduates, with their loved ones watching proudly from their seats or online, cross the stage to receive their degree, diploma, or certificate.
Convocation is a time when we gather with classmates, friends, family, faculty, and the Humber community to congratulate the graduating class for their hard work and perseverance and to take pride in their accomplishments. This year’s graduates rose to meet challenges, and there were many during the pandemic, and succeeded. It’s a celebration of achievements and a look ahead to new beginnings.
The feeling of pride I have while watching our graduates take the stage during convocation never gets old. When my time as Humber’s president and CEO ends later this month, that feeling is one of the things I will miss.
I’ve cherished my ten years here at Humber, and I feel privileged to have worked with such an extraordinary collection of faculty and staff who have made providing the best possible student experience a priority in everything we do at the college.
While there are many things I will miss about Humber as I prepare to transition to the next chapter of my life, I will miss the people the most.
From staff to faculty to students and everyone else – you made my Humber career remarkable and incredibly special. People are at the heart of everything we do and it’s the people who will continue to make Humber a leader in post-secondary polytechnic education.
I’m leaving knowing that Humber is in excellent hands with Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, our incoming president and CEO. Ann Marie will be the first woman at the helm of Humber College, which is a milestone I’m pleased to see.
She brings more than 30 years of post-secondary success and experience to Humber, and I’m delighted the institution I’ve spent a large part of my professional life with will have such a capable leader moving forward.
On the eve of my last Humber convocation, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the graduates. I can’t wait to see what you do next.