Celebrating top Arts grads, and the 1st BNUZ Arts cohort

The Faculty of Arts held a special celebration on May 15 for some 70 students who are graduating with awards, honours and distinctions this spring.

“I know it’s been a wonderful journey for you,” said Dr. Margaret MacDonald, Dean of Arts, in proposing a toast to the group of top students assembled in the Courtside Lounge. “I’m a Saint Mary’s grad myself, and I think back to my own convocation ... You have something to be really proud of, so I congratulate you on behalf of the Faculty of Arts and the University.”

A number of the students’ parents also joined in the celebration along with Arts faculty members, Associate Deans Dr. Madine VanderPlaat and Dr. Peter Twohig, President Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray and Dr. Malcolm Butler, Vice-President Academic & Research.

“It’s a little bit bittersweet,” admitted Madysen Wright of Innisville, Ontario, who is graduating with a magna cum laude distinction for her Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree. “It’s nice to be graduating but I’m pretty sad to leave.”

Her mother Tana recalled first dropping her daughter off at the university four years ago. “I remember thinking I hope Saint Mary’s is as good in person as it is on paper. We got out of the cab and she said, ‘yes, this is it, Mom.’ She knew!”

The convocation for the Faculty of Arts will take place in two ceremonies on May 17. The morning ceremony will also feature the first major cohort of Chinese graduates from the 2+2 program with Beijing Normal University – Zhuhai (BNUZ).

In 2018, Saint Mary’s became the first university in Canada to implement a 2+2 program in Arts as a result of a longstanding and unique partnership with BNUZ. Under the program, BNUZ students complete the final two years of their undergraduate degrees at SMU.