As I write this message, it is with immense joy and gratitude that I reflect on our recent Fall 2023 Convocation ceremony and the profound significance it held for everyone who attended.
On October 20, as we gathered to celebrate the academic achievements of our graduates, I watched my own daughter cross the stage to receive her degree. This gave me an added perspective on the pride, hope, and love felt by other family and friends as their graduates became alumni of the University of Regina.
That perspective is something I have not experienced so fully since my own time as a student many years ago, and it has resonated deeply with me. I believe it has given me a new appreciation for what many of our students experience during their studies. And it has given me a greater appreciation for the important role that all the people around our students play in that collective educational journey.
The metaphor of a journey – with our graduates as explorers – is certainly an apt one, as I indicated that day in my Convocation address.
For our students – many of whom come through our doors at only age 17 – their academic program is indeed a journey of exploration. Over a challenging but rewarding period of several years, they learn about their individual disciplines, pursue knowledge and truth, and with the support of many, go through uncharted waters. By Convocation, they emerge into a new world as hopeful young adults armed with a wealth of academic, life, and work experience that will serve them well in years to come.
This journey can be been transformative for our students and their families. We should never take that for granted, or underestimate its importance.
Perhaps not coincidentally, as we were about to send our graduates onto their next life adventures, we were also opening our doors to a new generation of “explorers” as we hosted prospective new students and their families at our Fall Open House.
The energy on campus during at the Open House was truly invigorating. Last year, we welcomed 300 people to campus for the event, but this year, that number swelled to over 1,000. This surge of interest and enthusiasm from prospective students and their families speaks to the thriving community we are building at the University of Regina.
There is a good reason for the vibrancy that I and many others experience on campus these days: I am delighted to share that we have achieved a record enrolment for the year. This achievement is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the excellent reputation of our academic programs. It is a sign that our University is not only a place of knowledge, but a hub of opportunity where students can explore their passions, forge new paths, and achieve their dreams.
In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the entire University of Regina community for your unwavering support and dedication. Our University is not just a place of learning; it is a family that encourages and nurtures the growth of every student. As we celebrate our graduates and welcome new faces, I am filled with a deep sense of optimism for the future. Our institution continues to evolve, and our commitment to providing an exceptional education remains steadfast.
Thank you, once again, to all of our alumni for being a part of this extraordinary community. Together, we are creating a brighter future for our students, our University, and our province.
President and Vice-Chancellor