Brock closes Spring Convocation with celebration of 100,000th graduate

Rebecca Alcock celebrates after being named Brock University’s 100,000th graduate during Spring Convocation Friday. Brock University photo

Brock University press release – It was a moment she had no idea was coming, but one that she’ll never forget.

Rebecca Alcock, a 21-year-old from Ancaster, became Brock University’s 100,000th graduate Friday, June 8/2018 when she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University’s Faculty of Humanities.

Breaking from the traditional prim and proper occasion of Spring Convocation, music rang out and red confetti rained down as Alcock was hooded by Brock University President Gervan Fearon.

“I was very shocked and nervous, but it was exciting,” she said. “I’m honoured and proud.”

The English Language and Literature major, who plans to enrol in teacher’s college at Nipissing University this fall, called it one of many highlights of her four-year experience at Brock.

“I think the most memorable thing is the friends I met in first year who I’ve kept throughout my experience here,” she said.

Early on in the planning, Fearon encouraged Brock staff to make the occasion a special one for the 100,000th graduate, while recognizing the importance of the students and staff who laid the groundwork for this moment.

“The idea of being the President of Brock for this moment is an amazing honour, but it reflects the actions and efforts of every single President up to this point,” he said.

“It places Brock in an elite group of universities and says that as an institution, we have a wide range of individuals across Canada and around the globe who can point to Brock as being where they got their post-secondary education.”

Brock Registrar Geraldine Jones, whose office has been tracking graduate numbers over the years, said everyone was thrilled to be involved with the celebration.

“This is the stuff we love,” she said. “Convocation is purposefully a serious occasion, but it’s always great when we can inject a little frivolity into the medieval traditions we recognize.

“It’s an important marker of where we’ve come and where we’re headed,” she said.



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