This is your moment— crossing the threshold from academia into new worlds of engineering. You deserve to be recognized and celebrated for all you have accomplished. Reflect on everything you have achieved and everything you are going to achieve in the next phase of your lives.
We know you are excited and anxious about what may lie ahead, but your horizons are bright. You have already experienced radical changes, changes that you have made with grace, flexibility, dedication, resiliency, and sense of community. You’ve been well educated, inspired, and mentored by the best faculty members in the world and from each other. You have—no doubt— unlimited, unparalleled opportunities as a Queen’s Engineering graduate!
No matter what you do or where you go, Queen’s Engineering will always be your family. Along with your family, friends, professors and the entire Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, we wish you well as you enter the world with curiosity and fervor.
We look forward to sharing in the celebration with festive activities featured on this site and leading up to the main event—our Virtual Reception— commencing on June 24, 2021. This is your moment. Celebrate with pride!!
On June 24, Queen’s Engineering’s pre-commencement virtual reception and after-party saw over 600 attendees who saw over 600 attendees who celebrated their graduation by hearing from heard from CBC Journalist, Manjula Selvarajah and invigorating performances by Electric Violinist, Dr. Draw.
The event, which recognized and celebrated the Graduating Class of 2021, kicked off with a virtual reception at 7 pm. The virtual reception featured Keynote and Queen’s Engineering alumna (Sci ’93 Mechanical and Materials Engineering) Manjula Selvarajah. Selvarajah mesmerized audiences with impassioned remarks about her journey from Queen’s Engineering to the CBC newsroom and provided graduates with the advice to “find smart people; most importantly look for great need; take care of yourself and give of your time and resources.”
The reception speaker lineup included the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Kevin Deluzio; Associate Dean (Academic), Dr. Marianna Kontopoulou; Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Professor of Global Developmental Studies, Dr. Fahim Quadir; Chair, Queen’s Young Engineering Alumni (QYEA), Kristy Tu; Engineering Society President, Christina Bisol; Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Dr. Mark Green; and Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies and Recruitment), Dr. Brian Surgenor, who was also the Master of Ceremony for the event.
The reception was followed by a 15-minute intermission that included a video loop listing all 2021 Queen’s Engineering graduating students.
While the virtual reception offered students a formal agenda and included faculty dressed in regalia, the after-party offered a more relaxed and entertaining environment that kicked off at 8 pm. The highlight of the night was Dr. Draw, electric violinist who surprised and energized virtual audiences with the Class of 2021’s Year Song “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring, and the Clark Hall Pub song “Baby Give It Up” by KC and the Sunshine Band. Graduates got up to dance along to a video compilation featuring photos of the Class of 2021 throughout the years and video clips of students doing the iconic Clark Hall Pub dance.
Other entertainers included Zachary Fang, Co-owner, Miss Bao Restaurant and Cocktail Bar who led a mixology class showcasing a sophisticated Clarified Pina Colada and summery Orange Creamsicle (non-alcoholic). Comedian Dena Jackson wrapped up the night with laughs about familiar and comical experiences with social media, relationships, housing and families.
Attendees ranged from graduates, family, and friends, to alumni, faculty and staff. The event was hosted on Zoom.
A recording of the virtual reception and video loop of graduate names can be seen below. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live.– Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician, and Former NASA Astronaut