College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Congratulations, graduates! The skills and abilities you developed through your graduate work will guide you in your next phase and help you have the biggest impact you can in your sphere of influence.

Message from the dean

To recognize and celebrate the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies fall 2020 graduates, Dr. Debby Burshtyn (PhD) recorded the graduation video above. A written version of her address is below.

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Convocation is a time to reflect on all that you have done to complete your degree. As the dean of the college of graduate and postdoctoral studies, I want to speak specially to those of you who are receiving your graduate degrees today.

You might recall countless hours that got you to this point - spent in labs, libraries, out in the field, and in classrooms. or you might be thinking about the endless revisions to research proposals, manuscripts and a thesis.

Your USask graduate degree is a significant sign that you are highly qualified, objective and professional with deep expertise in your field. More importantly, you further mastered the art of learning by opening yourself up to the experience. Maintaining an open frame-of-mind is critical for continuing to grow and learn. I ask you to continue being open to new ideas, new experiences, new people, new opportunities, and, to new communities and new ways of knowing.

In its 74-year history, the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has seen thousands of graduate students cross the stage at convocation. We are now in a moment in time when everything has to be done differently, with physical distance between us. And I am left needing to imagine your smiling faces. At the same time the world has become incredibly connected in new ways and we have heightened awareness of how our actions impact one another. We know that we can face the personal and worldwide challenges best with adaptability, creativity and perseverance. The skills and abilities you developed through your graduate work will guide you in your next phase and help you have the biggest impact you can in your sphere of influence. It might sound cliché, but I believe the world needs the type of leadership you can bring now more than ever.

The future has uncertainty, but one certainty is that as you embark on your next journey as a USask alumni, you will be known and respected for being hardworking, creative, innovative, and resilient. On behalf of the graduate community at USask, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to graduating class of Fall 2020.

Be bold, be ambitious, and continue to be what our world needs.


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