The end! On June 14, 2013, a tradition began. It is amazing when you can see something materialize before your eyes. A tradition is something that is difficult to vision, initiate and capture. It only becomes a tradition if those around capture it and help it along. You need to find a void that matters to many and look at a way to fill it. At the Beedie School of Business, the void was that we lacked an undergraduate graduation banquet. We have had suggestions in the past, but no real concerted action…till now.
Pulling an organizing team of Sanjeet K, AJ A, Priscilla C, Andrew M, Andrew B, Winnie J and Johnny D, we looked to pull this off. At first, I wanted people to help because an event like this has many parts but learned very early that this team was taking this very personally and it mattered to them very much. We were all on a passionate journey. Everyone took responsibilities and were never short to say that they wanted to contribute because this event mattered to them.
On the evening of June 14th, 70 recent graduates and staff attended the event. I sat back and saw people coming together to appreciate each other. It was an opportunity to have a closing chapter in their university life. This was a fitting way to say goodbye to their home for the last 4-5 years. Many came to say that is was a lovely evening and that it was good to be the start of a tradition. I also made some new life long friends after some beautiful conversations.
A tradition only continues and carries forward when the momentum moves it forward by dedicated individuals. By talking about it, sharing and jumping in to help carry it makes this into a tradition. Years from now, those who came out can say that they attended the first ever event. We have learned much from the this graduation banquet and have new ideas for the next one already. I know I will do what I can to keep this going. It is easy to sit back and watch a tradition materialize but very difficult to roll up your sleeves to help and grow a tradition. I hope there are people who will be a part of this for the future.
For me, I think the following says it all as my graduates become alumni…and also to any who I have had interactions with:
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
― A.A. Milne
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