The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies would like to wish all of the graduates of 2021 congratulations!

“Congratulations to all our IIS graduates, and especially to those of you who are among our first students to complete the new Childhood and Youth Studies program! Our 2021 graduates also have the special honour of having finished your degree during a global pandemic, which is no easy task! I’m so proud of your accomplishments, and I know that you are going to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and young people you encounter in the years to come. I wish you all the best for whatever the future may hold for you.”-Julie C. Garlen

“2021 Grads! There’s never been a year like this one and I hope you feel especially proud of yourself for completing your degree during this really difficult time. I loved having many of you as students in my class and I hope you know that my door is always open for you. Please stay in touch, and make sure to take some time to celebrate and relax. I can’t wait to hear what you pursue in the coming years! All the best, Julia.” -Julia Sinclair-Palm

“Congratulations to the class of 2021!!! I am so proud and thrilled by your accomplishments! Despite the unprecedented challenges that we all have encountered over the last two years in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you made it!!! You demonstrated your strengths, resilience, perseverance, and capacity to grow and succeed! I hope you will continue to learn, grow, and act in different ways, through your academic/activist work. We are living in an unjust world, and I hope what you have achieved in your academic journey will continue to provide you with essential skills, knowledge, commitment, and self-determination to make a change in your communities! I look forward to your future success!

Best wishes!!!”-Dr. Thuy Nguyen

“Be resolute, brave and your best, and if the door does not open, tear it down.”-Paul Mkandaŵire

Hi all graduates! Know that you are a special bunch because not only did you work really hard to get your degree, you did so at a time when the world turned on its head while you kept yours! That is no mean feat. Congratulations to each one of you, your families and your friends who supported you. I am sure you will conquer the world outside with the same tenacity of spirit.

Best always,

Shazia Sadaf

Congratulations! It has been an immense privilege to have had a chance to engage with you throughout this critical period in your academic life. It’s always difficult for me to say good-bye to people (you) who have shaped my own thoughts and teaching. Still, I am so pleased that you have reached your goals . I wish you peace in your future endeavours. Remember, I still have many years at Carleton so do keep in touch😊! In solidarity, Prof. Pat

My sincere congratulations for all your efforts and perseverance that now culminate in to this very significant achievement. Regards. Professor Egla Martinez.