Message from the dean
To recognize and celebrate the College of Law fall 2020 graduates, Dean Martin Phillipson recorded the graduation video above. A written version of his address is below.
Hello College of Law graduating class of 2020. This week you would have been walking across the convocation stage, accepting your parchment and celebrating your academic achievements with family, friends and fellow classmates. While in-person celebrations have disappointingly been cancelled, it doesn’t change the fact that we at the College of Law are extremely proud of all that you have accomplished during your time here. And the College of Law will be here to support you as you embark on your professional careers.
As the newest College of Law alumni, you join an esteemed group of individuals including a former Prime Minister of Canada, provincial premiers, Lieutenant Governors, Governors General, Supreme Court Justices, philanthropists, business owners, athletes, musicians…the list goes on. However, as I have said many many times, you are also joining thousands of alumni who have quietly gone about their business, serving their clients and communities and making a real difference in peoples' lives.
The community of alumni you are joining is strong and supportive, not just in Saskatchewan, but across Canada. It is one of our greatest strengths and will be a huge asset as we navigate the post-COVID world together.
Many challenges for society lie ahead, but there are also opportunities. There is no doubt in my mind that the legal profession, and the provision of legal services, will be re-shaped in the wake of this pandemic and you will be at the vanguard of that change.
As society recovers from the impact of this pandemic, there will also be ample opportunities to practice the ethos of the College of Law as being "lawyer as public servant”, opportunities to give back and opportunities to focus on what is truly important in your lives. I have no doubt that you, the newest group of law graduates, is up to that task.
In closing, on behalf of the staff and faculty at the College of Law, congratulations on earning your Juris Doctor and Masters degrees. I wish you and your families and friends health and happiness in the days ahead.
Rest assured that when we are able to gather in-person again, we will have a proper celebration of your achievements and I hope you are looking forward to that as much as I am.
Congratulations once again.