From the Editor's Computer
Last week my family went up to Athabasca to attend my sister’s convocation ceremony at Athabasca University, where she was officially presented with her Bachelor of General Studies (Arts & Sciences) degree. Congratulations Mary!
There were differences from when we attended my convocation ceremony in Athabasca five short years ago. When I convocated there were only 300+ graduates over two days. This year there were 1,100+ graduates over three days. As the graduates are literally from all over the world, not all are in attendance. Five years ago people were fainting because it was such a blistering hot day. This year we wore coats and dodged rain drops. Five years ago the Masters degrees were still new, thus the number of graduates were small. This year the Masters degree recipients were in the hundreds, and the University is talking about their plans to add many more degree options by 2015, including the possibility of Doctorate degrees.
There were also similarities between the two special days...The welcoming atmosphere wherever you go on the grounds...The extra effort on the part of the university to have gorgeous bouquets and planters of flowers everywhere...The personal touch they add to the events of the day so that everyone feels included in the wonder and excitement the graduates are feeling...The biographical information they share about each graduate so that you can know them all.
It truly does not take much to make people feel special and appreciated.
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