- Oct 23, 2020
They may not have been able to celebrate in person, but Ivey’s HBA, MSc, MBA, and EMBA fall graduates connected virtually today for a Pledge Ceremony and were the first graduates to recite the newly updated Ivey Pledge.
The Ivey Pledge, initiated in 2004, was recently updated to include a commitment to act in a manner that is inclusive of all individuals and respects the rights, differences and dignity of others without judgment or discrimination. It’s all part of Ivey’s renewed commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).
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Graduates from all of the programs took part in the ceremony where they committed to the principles of ethics and corporate social responsibility and received an individually-numbered Ivey Ring. They received words of encouragement from Dean Sharon Hodgson and Scott Vanderwel, HBA '98, Chair of the Ivey Alumni Network, as they were officially welcomed into the network of more than 30,000 alumni in more than 100 countries around the world. Some of the programs then moved on to their own awards ceremonies where they heard from their class valedictorians and additional guest speakers.
Well wishes from Ivey faculty members
It was also a chance to reflect on the students’ accomplishments. Check out the video below where Ivey faculty members shared congratulatory messages for the graduates. Here are some of their well wishes and words of encouragement.
“What’s before you? We don’t know. But what we do know is you’ve succeeded at Ivey and you are going to succeed at life.”
“It was a really weird way to end your program, but the bright side is, you have ended your program and I truly hope it was a great and memorable experience for you.”
“You should be extremely proud of how hard you’ve worked and how far you have come in your educational journey. I wish you the best of luck on your upcoming journey in life as well.”
“You have so much to offer and you’ve been blessed, so use your talents, your voice, and your hands to make the world a better place.”
“Go out into this great world and find some great people to be around. You are going to be more like the people you are around. Spend it with wonderful friends. Take care of them and let them take care of you.”
“There has been a lot of change and that change is going to continue. But there are a lot of things that haven’t changed. You, the people you graduated with, your authenticity, your smarts, the skills you’ve developed – those haven’t changed … Another thing that hasn’t changed is the pride that your friends and your family are feeling for you right now.”
“You should all be very proud of your achievement and all the hard work that went into earning your degrees. And remember going forward to always keep your home office tidy.”
Awards and accolades
Congratulations to all of the award winners:
- HBA Gold Medal: Ethan Milne;
- HBA Combined Degree Gold Medal: Elliott Choi;
- R. Wood HBA Award: Kathy Wu;
- Bob Britney HBA Prize: Fisal Aman Allah;
- Fred Jones Prize in Finance: Kazim Naqvi;
- Adam Wiseman Memorial Award: Teddy Kassa;
- Michael & Stefanie Block HBA Award: Emma Juskovic;
- HBAA Merit Awards: Brian Friedman, Faisal Iqbal, Liam Cunliffe, Lisa Chen, Margot Ghersin, Rahul Guggali, Ryley Mehta, Saad Afroz, Shivani Pradhan, Stephanie Tam, Tyler Weatherill, and Zoe Yang; and,
- David G. Burgoyne Teaching Award: Nadine de Gannes, HBA ’09, Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting and Control, and Sustainability.
- Gold Medallist: Julia Paterson;
- Ivey Scholars: Jordan He, Christina Ly, and Phillip Yang; and,
- Dean’s Honour List: Hidi Cheng, Zeyad Frkash, Justin Groff, Kevin Irving, and Heather Litwiller.
- Gold Medallist: Corey Hogan;
- Ivey Scholars: Josh Chartrand, Samar Darwish, Justin Gray, Corey Hogan, Omar Khan, Sarah Miller Wright; and,
- The Carol Stephenson Excellence in EMBA Teaching Award: Mary Gillett, HBA ’82, MBA ’02, Lecturer, Managerial Accounting and Control.