As the University of Toronto gears up for 2022’s spring convocation, U of T Mississauga valedictorian Aishwarya Nair says she’s honoured to represent her fellow graduating students.
“It’s still extremely surreal,” Nair, an international student, told Ismaila Alfa on CBC’s Metro Morning. “I would have never imagined coming all this way that I would have been given such an honour – and given the chance to represent a class of such brilliant students and brilliant innovators that are entering the world now.”
A Lester B. Pearson International Scholar, Nair came to U of T from India with a dream to study neuroscience. After graduating from U of T Mississauga with an honours bachelor of science degree specializing in neuroscience, she’ll address the Class of 2022 at the campus graduation reception.
Nair says her message to students will take into account the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the pandemic. “It’s been difficult and we have persevered and we’ve been resilient. So I want to recognize how much we have been through,” she told CBC. “I want us to recognize that and really give ourselves the credit where it’s due.”