Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
November 9, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour:

Minister Hawkins Recognizes Memorial University Graduates

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in this Honourable House today to congratulate the dedicated and accomplished graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

I recently had the privilege of attending Memorial’s Fall Convocation in St. John’s and Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, where graduates from throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada, and around the world earned their degrees.

Their tenacity and creativity will serve them well as they begin the next phase of their lives, building a brighter future for themselves, their families and communities, and our province.

We are firmly committed to providing affordable and accessible post-secondary education in Newfoundland and Labrador. This government values Memorial as a world-class post-secondary institution and we appreciate its valuable contribution to our social, cultural and economic development.

As Remembrance Day is this weekend, I would also like to acknowledge our university as a living memorial to the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars. The university was founded in the hope that freedom of learning would ensure their sacrifice is never forgotten.

As this fall’s more than 900 graduates clearly demonstrate, this proud legacy remains strong. I ask all Honourable Members to join me in congratulating our newest graduates.


2017 11 09                                                    1:45 p.m.