Convocation
Chancellor Jack Cowin, Convocation address text

Chancellor Jack Cowin, Convocation address text

Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, the founder and Executive Chairman of Competitive Foods Australia Ltd., was installed as the university’s 22nd Chancellor, at the Thursday, Oct. 22, morning session of Western’s 306th Convocation ceremonies. The text of his address follows:...

Krebs: Defend the Enlightenment values

Krebs: Defend the Enlightenment values

Remember and adhere to the values of the Enlightenment while striving to better the world around you, said John Krebs, former Principal of Jesus College at the University of Oxford.

Cowin installed as university’s 22nd Chancellor

Cowin installed as university’s 22nd Chancellor

Nobody ever expected a former wrestler, defensive tackle and door-to-door tree and shrub salesman to be installed one day as a university chancellor. But Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, accomplished just that a half century after his own Convocation .

Big screen helps capture small moments

Big screen helps capture small moments

The sight of family and friends angling for a better view of their loved ones crossing the Alumni Hall stage has been as common as gowns and gonfalons at Western’s Convocation. Now, guests may have to strain their necks no more. A large-screen video display board made...

Sugiyama: Remember, it’s not always about you

Sugiyama: Remember, it’s not always about you

“Hubris and dogma are the enemies of professionalism. Avoid both, if possible,” Constance Sugiyama, president of ConMark Strategy Inc., told graduates at the Wednesday, June 17, afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Erola: Technology is no substitute for policy

Erola: Technology is no substitute for policy

Canadian women have proven throughout this country’s history that real change, even revolutionary change, isn’t as simple as clicking a button, said Judy Erola, former politician and broadcaster.

Jackson: Canada needs you to be your best

Jackson: Canada needs you to be your best

“With your degrees now finished, and you mostly unencumbered by life’s responsibilities, this is a rare opportunity for you to stretch yourself,” Roger Jackson, Olympic gold medalist and Canadian sport advocate, told graduates at the Tuesday, June 16, afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Cornhill: Have the courage to act on conviction

Cornhill: Have the courage to act on conviction

“Your generation has a responsibility to respect the land; my generation has a responsibility to help you,” David Cornhill, founding member of AltaGas, who has served as its chairman and CEO since its inception in 1994, told graduates at the Tuesday, June 16, morning session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Sen: Education can change the world

Sen: Education can change the world

“What distinguishes us from animals is our ability to reason – about our own lives and the lives of others,” Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, told graduates at the Monday, June 15, afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Scenes from Western’s 305th Convocation

Scenes from Western’s 305th Convocation

Enjoy these scenes from Western’s 305th Convocation, June 2015, through the cameras of Western News photographers Paul Mayne, Adela Talbot and Jason Winders. [gallery type="slideshow" size="full"...

Lassonde: Give of your time, talent and treasure

Lassonde: Give of your time, talent and treasure

“We all want to be different, but we crave the same things – a roof, food, safety and freedom of expression,” Pierre Lassonde, esteemed engineer, financier and entrepreneur, told graduates at the Friday, June 12, afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Patterson: Don’t be betrayed by destinations

Patterson: Don’t be betrayed by destinations

“What we accept as a given does not apply everywhere in the world,” Bonnie Patterson, president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), told graduates at the Friday, June 12, morning session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Birgeneau: Remember those not as privileged

Birgeneau: Remember those not as privileged

“None of you can ever consider yourselves under privileged now that you have the great fortune of being a university graduate,” Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist, told graduates at the Thursday, June 11 afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Moore: Be humble, confident and hopeful

Moore: Be humble, confident and hopeful

“Without sound knowledge, anatomy is like sailing a ship without knowledge of a navigator’s map,” Keith Moore, a distinguished anatomy researcher, told graduates at the Thursday, June 11 morning session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Mulroney: Think clearly about what defines you

Mulroney: Think clearly about what defines you

“A university education makes learning habitual,” David Mulroney, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, told graduates at the Wednesday, June 10 afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Kaufman: Dare to fail, again and again

Kaufman: Dare to fail, again and again

“The halls of mediocrity are filled with people who have never failed, not even once,” Donna Soble Kaufman, past board chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors and former chair of TransAlta Corporation, told graduates at the Wednesday, June 10 morning session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Dowdeswell: Unite to accomplish extraordinary things

Dowdeswell: Unite to accomplish extraordinary things

“There is no simple set of instructions on how to proceed in turbulent times,” Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor, told graduates at the Tuesday afternoon session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Goodchild: Engage the world; don’t block it out

Goodchild: Engage the world; don’t block it out

“Your mind is a beautiful thing – celebrate it, challenge it,” Michael Goodchild, a global leader in geographic information systems, told graduates at the Tuesday morning session of Western’s 305th Convocation.

Education shaped ‘the person I prefer to be’

Education shaped ‘the person I prefer to be’

For the last 43 years, life simply got in the way for Victor Young, 71. Growing up in Ireland, he left high school – Kilkenny College, a school that counts Jonathan Swift and George Berkley among its alumni – at 16. Technically, he is a high school drop-out, Young...

Journey shows the power of ‘baby steps’

Journey shows the power of ‘baby steps’

Debra Hawthorne’s transcript reflects a postsecondary experience more than three decades in the making. And when she takes the final few steps of that journey at Convocation next week, the Western staffer will stand as a testament to passion and determination. “It was...