Exclusive Convocation Ceremony For SAF

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Convocation ceremony hallConvocation is a huge milestone. The entire university comes together to celebrate years of hard work, dedication, and engagement. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 marked a historical event for the University of Waterloo. A new evening ceremony was added to the existing convocation schedule, as a first for the Faculty of Arts, dedicated to the graduating students from the School of Accounting and Finance.

Among the more than 1,360 Faculty of Arts graduands, SAF, parents, and friends celebrated the graduation of 309 Accounting and Financial Management (AFM), 32 Masters of Taxation, and 1 PhD of Accounting student.

upkar arora

Alumnus Upkar Arora, was the special guest speaker for the evening ceremony. Arora is the co-founder and CEO of Illumina Partners, a boutique advisory firm which has specialized in strategy, operations, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and finance since 2002. In 2014, Arora also founded Illumina Social Impact Partners to advise and invest in enterprises committed to social impact to affect positive, scalable, and sustainable change in our communities.

Being one of the graduates of the first Master of Accounting (MAcc) class in 1985, Arora shared three ideas he wished someone would have told him 30 years ago.

Arora’s advice to design a life that is meaningful and unique to you is by defining success on your own terms, exploring the possibilities, and putting humanity at the core as the three pillars in what you need when building a better world.

ashay padhye

Ashay Padhye, was the valedictorian for the class of 2018, Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management. Similar to Upkar, he shared three points from who he deemed to be the single greatest philosopher of all time, Winnie the Pooh.

Ashay leaves the class of 2018 with this final thought for his peers: “You cannot succeed without the risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. Do what is uncomfortable and scary. You do not have to be fearless. Just don’t let fear stop you, because the question isn’t whether you have something to offer to the world or if you can change the world.”

Graduands kevin and grace

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