For those who don’t know already, I have finally received my degree from Grant MacEwan University. The convocation ceremony was yesterday morning at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. It was a beautiful ceremony full of pomp, held in a beautiful building. You can watch the ceremony recording on YouTube here once they post it.

It was a long time coming, and I’m glad to have had the privilege to both go to school and to be an alumni of Grant MacEwan. When I originally was pursuing my post-secondary education I was attending the University of Alberta to become an engineer. I spent a year there going through the Transition Year Program. However the massive amount of homework in calculus alone was enough to turn me off from pursuing it further.

Lee Kierstead in his graduation gown
Me in my graduation gown

So I decided to go to Grant MacEwan in Open Studies until I could figure out what I wanted to do. I always planned to go back to the U of A, but life had other plans for me. Well, what really happened is that I missed the deadline to transfer back and I didn’t want to take a year off, so I continued to go to Grant Mac. Little did I know that there was a 60 credit (or two year) limit for transferring. Meaning that any credits I received from courses past the two year limit would not show up on my transcript. Unfortunately I reached that limit during the time I attended Grant MacEwan. I didn’t want any credits to be wasted so I stuck it out, and the rest is history.

I’m not sure what the future holds but at least I have a solid foundation in the past to build off of.

I want to eventually get into graduate school and go for a Masters degree, probably in sociology, which was my minor for my Bachelors. It depends on my motivation level, as I am sure it is harder to get than an undergrad degree. I’ve told a few people I would like to go for it before I turn 35, and since I am turning 31 next month I will need to get cracking on it rather soon.

Modified: Lee Kierstead

by Lee Kierstead