‘Great grads’ speak coast to coast

There are many great graduates of Carleton University— authors, inventors, Olympic medalists, captains of industry, politicians, activists, and at least one reality television star.

Starting this spring, many of these “great grads”—the university’s most distinguished, influential, or just plain interesting alumni—will volunteer their time to meet and mingle with former classmates as part of a new nationwide speaker series, presented by the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA).

“The Great Grads Speaker Series is a physical extension of our successful virtual alumni recognition program,” says Nancy Lynn, the director of alumni services. “For years we have been compiling and profiling our more compelling graduates on a searchable website called Great Grads. It gives alumni worldwide a way to read about the amazing accomplishments of the people they used to go to class with. It’s a great tool for our recruiters, too.”

But the online profiles do not capture personalities, and so the Great Grad Speaker Series was conceived. “We wanted to give our great grads a chance to tell their stories—and, of course, give other grads a chance to meet them in person,” says Gerard Buss, the CUAA president.

“They have such diverse stories, and most of them are in the public eye, so they’ll make outstanding speakers.”

Each event will be hosted by a different chapter of the alumni association. Future events will be held in cities around Canada, including a March 5 event in Toronto with venture capital guru Sean Wise, BA/93, and a March 27 lecture with journalist Nelofer Pazira, BJ/97, at the Canadian War Museum.

Readers looking for more information about Carleton’s Great Grads can visit carleton.ca/alumni.

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