Georgette Wong, a familiar face at OSP, has attended many Convocations as part of her job in her seven years as Student Programs Assistant. But the one she participated in last Friday, October 22nd, was the most memorable and most wonderful in her experience. For, this time she was on the receiving end, having completed a Glendon Honours BA in French Studies. And the best part was that she received her diploma at the same Convocation as her daughter, Angéline, who has just completed a BA at Atkinson in Liberal Studies and a Certificate in Marketing. While Atkinson and Glendon have separate Convocations, a special arrangement allowed mother and daughter to process and celebrate together.
Left: Georgette and Angéline Wong receive their diplomas at joint Convocation
When asked what it was like to go to school at the same time as her daughter, Georgette’s face lit up. “It was a wonderful experience and something that bound us even more closely together. I wanted to do something that I had not had the opportunity to do before. In attending university as a mature student, I also wanted Angéline to understand that you can study at any age and it is always rewarding.” Mother and daughter were particularly pleased with their last credit, taken this summer, a Spanish language course which they attended together. They found that they could help each other and learning a new language was especially fun this way.
As their studies came to a close, Georgette persuaded her reluctant daughter to participate in Convocation. “The ceremony turned out to be very meaningful for both of us – the crowning of a significant achievement. I have been to so many Convocations through my work, but I only realized its importance when it was time for Angéline and me to don our gowns and join the procession.”
By Marika Kemeny