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Special Messages

Congratulations graduates! Following are some special messages for you from the 2020/21 honorary degree recipients and members of the Trent community.
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On behalf of the Board of Governors of Trent University, it is my distinct privilege and pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates on your well-deserved success.  As a proud member of the Trent alumni family, I know the level of commitment and hard work that was required on your part to graduate today.  I also know how you have had to adapt and improvise to overcome the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented over the past 18 months.  As you graduate today and embark upon the next chapter of your life, I would encourage you to continue to support Trent University and to leverage the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your time here to make a difference in the world and to inspire others to do the same.


Armand P. La Barge ‘95

Chair, Trent University Board of Governors

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On behalf of the Trent University Alumni Association, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the 2021 grads!

All convocations are unique, but yours will be one of the most unique in our history – I hope that you carry this story in your heart, knowing that we will always honour that you arrived at this monumental achievement under incredibly trying circumstances. You’ve done something exceptional in a remarkable time and all of us are in awe at your tenacity, perseverance, and heart. Thank you for staying the path. Thank you for believing in your dreams and holding onto them over the last year, or four, or more. You inspire me.

You are graduating in an uncertain and unprecedented time, but I can say with absolute certainty that the Trent Alumni family is so proud of you and will always be here for you. We all carry the spirit of Trent with us, wherever we are in the world and I know you will do the same.

Welcome to the family!

Jess Grover ‘02
President, Trent University Alumni Association

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From the Class of '68 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Trent University


Congratulations on your success at Trent!  It is indeed a momentous pleasure to bridge the 50 years from our convocation in 1971 to yours in 2021 with heartfelt wishes for future success as you each receive your degree and enjoy the satisfaction of having achieved your personal goals that inspired you to join our special community of scholars and enthusiastic supporters of Trent.  As you set forth on your next journey, our experience over the years makes us confident in the belief that your time at Trent will provide an excellent basis from which to pursue future plans and achievements.  You also will find that your particular memories of treasured experiences at Trent continue to be a source of inspiration and confidence to strive for personal growth and fulfillment.   As our world continues to face unexpected challenges that test our resilience and optimism for humanity, the privilege of enjoying the freedom of intellectual pursuits and unfettered exchange of ideas in the nurturing and caring environment of Trent should be fostered and drawn upon to guide you on your path forward, with a view to continuing to encourage tolerance and understanding of various, and sometimes conflicting, viewpoints.  Opportunities for leadership in thought and deeds will arise where your participation or influence may have significant impact on those closer to you or those in a more far reaching context.  We have every confidence that your Trent experience will provide a strong foundation to build upon and we are reassured that you will have a role in shaping a future filled with hope and promise.  Our best wishes to today’s graduates!  


Susan Brown

Lady Eaton College 1968

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Trent University respectfully acknowledges it is located on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. We offer our gratitude to First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.

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