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Valedictorian speeches, honorary doctor speeches spring 2018

June 15, 2018

Grads in the Faculty of Science toss their caps during their ceremony on June 6 at the Tournament Capital Centre.

Wow, what a celebration!

Spring #TRUgrad 2018 amounted to six ceremonies over three days and more than 1,200 graduates crossing the stage to receive their credential—anything from a certificate to a masters degree. More than 2,000 family, friends and guests attended or watched online.

What follows is a list of links to photos and speeches to help you relive the proud moments, the joy, the excitement, the pomp and ceremony, inspiring words, the enthusiastic supporters and more.


Missed being there or watching online? Want to relive the memories?

     Archived video ceremonies


Hundreds of photos were taken by TRU’s marketing and communications department.

     Photos (watch for more to be added)


The six valedictorians showed one side of leadership as they spoke with honesty and confidence. They shared reflections sprinkled with inside stories and humour and imparted words they hoped would inspire and guide everyone in front of them.

     Watch the valedictorian speeches


The six honorary degree recipients also inspired and encouraged with their vulnerability and real-life case studies drawn from their personal challenges and triumphs. They spoke of perseverance, commitment to what matters to you and finding your own way in life.

     Watch the honorary degree speeches


Outgoing chancellor Wally Oppal received Professor Emeritus designation.

     Watch Wally Oppal’s speech


Nathan Matthew was officially installed as TRU’s new Chancellor—the third in TRU’s history.

     Watch Nathan Matthewl’s speech


This was the final convocation for outgoing President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver. As a show of thanks, he gave a short thank-you speech to each of the classes.

Watch Alan Shaver’s outgoing speech to School of Business and Economics grads

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