For graduating students, convocation is a significant milestone, a time to celebrate their accomplishments in front of family and friends. Each year, students are nominated by peers to represent their class during convocation. The position of valedictorian is an honoured one, reflecting an individual who has led an active post-secondary career, both academically and socially.
Blakelock Brown is the classic example of an underdog who never gave up. Faced with poor grades in his first year and a single co-op interview, his unfaltering determination is what enabled him to grow. With hard work and determination, he brought his average up thirty per cent and was able to maintain his newly found excellent standing. His class elected him as an academic representative and he ran practice exams for physics and math. Brown eventually achieved his dreams of traveling the world through three internships in California, one internship in New York and a semester abroad studying at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Brown is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and will be joining Facebook located in Menlo Park.
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