Chemical Engineering graduate Khristen Lowe (BASc ‘20) played an integral role in the Faculty of Engineering’s Fall 2020 virtual convocation celebration on Saturday. He joined Kelsey Malott (BArch ’19, MArch ’20) as co-host of the event and he delivered an inspiring valedictorian address for graduates of the faculty.
Khirsten, who was selected for the valedictorian role by his peers, in recognition of his social and academic contributions to the Waterloo community, is well-known and loved in the Department of Chemical Engineering, where he was elected academic class representative three times during his undergraduate studies.
As valedictorian for the Faculty’s Class of 2020, Khristen shared his thoughts on the graduates’ transition from the familiar to the unknown. In the process, he encouraged us all to remain patient through trying times; work together, because life is better for everyone when we support one another with love and respect; and keep our dreams alive.
His closing comments are, likewise, a valuable reminder about gratitude for us all: “The challenges, the growth, the friendships, the failures and the victories. Each step of the way has made you who you are today. Keep striving, keep working hard, keep taking care of yourselves. You are excellent. You are significant. You matter. You have a purpose. You’re worth it.”
All the best to our class of 2020 graduates. Congratulations on your years of hard work, dedication and perseverance. We look forward to the time when we can celebrate this milestone together.