I like that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni are proud of this obligation, and that the people of this place, this great province, expect the
university to live up to its obligations, he said. Many other Canadian universities struggle with the challenge of connecting their activities to their communities. But at Memorial, it is not just a standard aspiration; its a core value and not only on paper.
Memorials success has not been by accident, Dr. Kachanoski told the convocation, but has been shaped by a collaborative effort involving every segment of Newfoundland and Labrador society.
All sectors, joining hand-in-hand, contributed to the birth and development of this institution, a university that is, as has been said many times before, intricately woven in the social, economic, scientific and cultural fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Kachanoski concluded his address by speaking directly to Memorials new graduates.
Today is our time for celebration, he said. Tomorrow we get down to the challenges that lie ahead. I will meet these challenges bolstered by the tremendous support I can expect from the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Memorial, and from the people of this great province.
In meeting your challenges, you will be bolstered by your education, your knowledge, your family, and your university. You will be part of the 70,000-strong family of Memorial University alumni that means your university will always be there for you.
Both the special convocation and regular sessions of convocation will be aired on Rogers Cable in the weeks ahead and videos of the sessions will be made available on DVD for sale at the University Bookstore.