Close to 1,000 students receive degrees and diplomas at St. FX Spring Convocation

Posted at 8:49 am on May 8, 2017 | Filed Under: News

Internationally renowned Mi’kmaq Artist Alan Syliboy has received another honour from St. FX University.  Syliboy was conferred an honourary degree by the post-

StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald congratulates Sydney Bullen from De Winton, Alberta as she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. Students from across North America and around the world were part of the 2017 StFX Graduating Class. (St. FX Photo)

secondary institution at its Spring Convocation Ceremonies yesterday.

Last fall, Syliboy served as the Coady Chair in Social Justice.  During his time at the Coady, Syliboy spoke often on campus,  with interactive talks, painting and drum-making workshops.  He also contributed in high level discussions on reconcilation, leading a President’s colloquim on the issue.
Syliboy told graduates the time he spent as the Social Justice chair was one of the highlights of his career.
Syliboy says a goal in his life is to open doors.  Syliboy says he was the first indigenous person to serve on several boards.  His hope is that other indigenous people can pass through that same door.

Also receiving an honourary degree was acclaimed Canadian Diplomat Anne Leahy.  Close to one thousand students were awarded degrees and diplomas at convocation.One of her postings was in Rome as the Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See.

Her message to graduates; the earlier you realize what you accomplish with others is more valuable than your own personal achievements, the happier you will be.  Also reflect on how you define success.

 

 

Leahy also advised graduates to listen to their inner  voice, think critically, keep an open mind, and get involved in your community.

Degrees and diplomas were conferred to close to 1,000 St. FX graduates in Education, Adult Education, Science, Nursing, Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition, Engineering, Arts, Music, Music Jazz Studies, Business Administration and Information Systems.