Smiles of grads reminder of the effort invested

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To the editor,
As a parent of three, I know the pride felt watching a child cross the stage on graduation day.

As president of Nova Scotia Community College, I feel that same pride standing on stage for 17 convocation ceremonies, witnessing what is a milestone for some 4,719 of our students as they realize their dream of a higher education and plan for their future.

We often forget how fortunate we are to have the post-secondary education system resources that are available across Nova Scotia. The faces of the parents, friends and supporters, their cheers and applause for their graduate on convocation day, are all good reminders of its worth.

The tears and smiles of the graduates, however, are a reminder of the effort each has invested. The struggles are varied and sometimes unfathomable – just finding money to pay the gas to get to campus, balancing a family or job or both with school work, or dealing with an emotional or physical challenge while maintaining good grades. At the end of the day, each graduate’s journey is unique and, for me, inspiring.

I wish each of our 2014 graduates all that they deserve and more. Congratulations!

Don Bureaux

President, NSCC

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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