Although they will always be Cyclones, after a graduating year like no other, our intrepid, resilient grads are about to become Buckeyes, Sea-Hawks, Thunderbirds and Golden Gaels, at universities and colleges across Canada and beyond. In total 25 different institutions have made the list of destinations for our GYs, including some traditional favourites and first-timers.
Queen’s University has once again captured the hearts of the largest group of our graduating class with 16 of our best and brightest choosing the venerable Kingston, Ontario institution. Wilfrid Laurier, University of Toronto, Western and Waterloo, round out the top five.
McGill, UBC, Dalhousie and Acadia are perennial favourites and combined with relative newcomer Memorial University in Newfoundland, our grads truly have Canada covered from coast-to-coast. Even in these uncertain times we have grads proudly heading south of the border, including the popular choice of the University of Southern California three of the last four years), along with new additions: Ohio State, George Washington University, and the University of San Francisco. It was an understandably quiet year for overseas recruitment and although many offers were extended to our graduates, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is the only confirmed selection.
In yet another example of the balance that we strive for here at CDS, there is a broad range of academic and professional disciplines being pursued by the Class of 2020. The Life and Physical Sciences, including Engineering degrees lead the way having been selected by 36% of our grads, with Business programs following close behind with 32%. Humanities and Social Sciences programs account for 24% of the selected areas of study with Visual and Performing Arts rounding out the broad categories at 6%.
Some unique and interesting disciplines include: International Development & Journalism, Nanotechnology Engineering, Professional Communication, Health Science, Sport Management, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Motive Power – Fanshawe, Disaster & Emergency Management, and Architectural Studies. On the Commerce front, CDS students have accepted offers from Rotman - UofT, Ivey - Western, Desautels - McGill, Sauder- UBC, Lazaridis – Laurier, and the Smith School at Queen’s, among other top schools.
We are extremely proud of the Class of 2020 and while the start of their post-secondary journey may turn out to be unusual, we know our grads are prepared to take on any challenge. We will miss them and know that they will make us proud!