Message from the dean
To recognize and celebrate the College of Kinesiology fall 2020 graduates, Dr. Chad London (PhD) recorded the graduation video above. A written version of his address is below.
To our graduating students, the Class of 2020, congratulations.
The faculty and staff in the College of Kinesiology congratulate you on reaching this significant milestone. Although this virtual celebration is not what any of us envisioned, we are proud to celebrate and stand with you during this significant time in your lives.
This fall is a time I know you and your classmates have been anticipating for many years as you prepare for the next stage in your academic and professional careers. And although we are unable to congratulate you in person, please know that we acknowledge your dedicated pursuit and successful achievement of your kinesiology degrees and know that they will allow you to make a difference in the well-being of our community as future practitioners, researchers, mentors, and leaders.
With your well-earned kinesiology degree, you join an outstanding group of alumni. As you continue to grow into your lives personally and professionally, we encourage you to stay connected with the college by supporting activities, programs, scholarships, and most importantly by keeping us updated on the many lifetime achievements you will experience. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our alumni and look forward to watching you succeed.
I also want to acknowledge that this fall 2020 convocation is a special one for an individual who is close to our college and who has dedicated his life to creating opportunities for youth to receive the many benefits that come with being involved in sport. The College of Kinesiology is proud to congratulate Fred Sasakamoose on being awarded with an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Saskatchewan this fall.
As the first Indigenous player in Saskatchewan to make it to the National Hockey League, Fred broke the barrier for generations of First Nations players to come at all levels of the game and he continues to be a trailblazer for Indigenous athletes in all sports. He may be best known for his achievements on the ice, but he made his biggest contributions off of it, where he serves as a role model for all of us, on what we can do to improve the wellbeing of our communities as leaders and champions of movement, health and performance.
Lastly, to you, the graduates, the College of Kinesiology offers you our most sincere congratulations on your academic achievements and wish you the absolute best in your future endeavours.
We hope that you leave this university with much more than a degree parchment, and we know that this is just the beginning of an exciting future for each of you.