STM graduates honoured for achievements at awards ceremony and dinner
The ranks of St. Thomas More College alumni grew by more than 180 on Tuesday, June 7, as the members of the Spring 2022 convocation class celebrated their new degrees.
Dr. Carl Still, president of STM College, said the Arts and Sciences degrees earned by those graduates will be invaluable as they continue with their studies or enter the workforce.
“What is the best preparation for work in a constantly changing, and now disrupted society?” he asked. “The people who do the hiring tell us that to prepare for the good jobs of the future you need three things: creativity, emotional intelligence, and the capacity for value judgements.”
“A liberal arts education develops these skills as well, or better, than any other education you can pursue.”
Dr. Still said students who attend STM are challenged to think about justice and inequality as part of their education. He asked the 2022 graduates to commit to the work of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada – a task that requires justice, mercy and humility.
“That may sound like a huge task to ask of anyone, but our society desperately needs educated young people who care about justice and are willing to work for it.”
“If we hope to build a better world than the one we live in now, we need leaders with creativity, emotional intelligence and moral capacity. Simply put, we need you to step up and show our society the way from the present we have, to the future we want.”
Veronica Lucas welcomed the Class of 2022 into the ranks of the STM College alumni on behalf of the STM Newman Alumni Association.
“You have faced challenges that were unprecedented,” she said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it forced on the College and its students. “Be proud of your hard work.”
She invited the graduates to remain lifelong learners, and to use STM College as a safe haven to which they could always return and be welcomed.
During the ceremony June 7, four major STM College Awards were presented. As well, the STM graduates with the highest average in each subject were honoured. Read more: LINK.