I watched my oldest son graduate from the University of British Columbia law school in Vancouver, BC today without ever leaving the comforts of my own home! We watched the ceremony live online. Aren’t the wonders of technology amazing?
Since we were just in Vancouver in March and plan to return again to meet our new grandchild, Matt and Robin’s firstborn, when he or she arrives in October, Matt suggested that we might not want to make another trip to the coast for today’s event. He definitely wants us to be there next spring, however, when he’s called to the bar and we’ve already promised that we will be.
We’ve had the privilege of watching Matthew graduate three times; first from high school here in Sedgewick in 1998 when he won many academic awards including the top student award, then we were there when he received his Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa in 2002 and finally, today!
As we watched the webcast, we were delighted to see my father in the crowd! Matthew’s grandpa graduated from UBC over 60 years ago. I’m sure watching his grandson walk across the platform and accept a diploma from his alma mater was a very proud moment indeed!
Matt will continue his studies with a six week preparation course for the bar exam. After writing the exam early this summer, he’ll begin his year of articling with the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tetrault, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He worked for the firm last summer and is very excited about going back.
Matthew’s interest in law goes back a long way. In fact, I remember one of his primary school teachers commenting during a parent/teacher interview that he had a very strong sense of justice. As his parents, we may be a little biased but we consider him to be a young man of both wisdom and integrity and are certain that he will be an asset to the legal profession.
Congratulations, Matthew! We’re very proud of you!