Although they will always be Cyclones, after another far from ordinary Grade 12 year, our intrepid and resilient grads are about to become Golden Gaels, Falcons, Gryphons, Mustangs and Tritons, at universities and colleges across Canada and beyond. In total, 28 different institutions have made the list of destinations for our GYs, including some traditional favourites and first-time destinations.
Queen’s University has once again captured the hearts of the largest group of our graduating class with 22 of our best and brightest choosing the venerable Kingston institution, including four students heading to Queen’s Commerce. This amounts to a quarter of our grads and is an all-time high (Western scooped up 18 in 2015). The University of Toronto, Western, Guelph, Waterloo and McGill round out the top six.
The East Coast is always popular and this year our newest alumni will be freshmen at Dalhousie, Acadia, Mount Allison and StFX. We have both coasts covered with UBC also on the list.
Even in these uncertain times we have grads proudly heading south of the border, including the popular choice of University of Southern California (USC) (4 of the last 5 years) along with Brigham Young University and newcomers University of California – San Diego and Florida Gulf Coast University. It was an understandably quiet year for overseas recruitment and although many offers were extended to our grads, we have just two graduates crossing the pond. That includes Queen’s University Belfast for direct-entry Medical School and for the first time the University of York for Human Geography and the Environment.
In yet another example of the balance that we strive for here at CDS, there is a broad range of disciplines being pursued by this group of grads. The Life and Physical Sciences, including Engineering degrees lead the way having been selected by 40% of our grads, with Humanities and Social Sciences programs a close second with 30%. Business study is always popular and 23% of our grads will be pursuing commerce or management. Professional programs, Visual Arts and two students taking a Gap Year complete the tally.
Some unique and interesting disciplines include: Architectural Engineering, Construction Management, Illustration, International Relations and Journalism, Bio-Medical Engineering, Business Entrepreneurship, Public Affairs and Policy Management, Nursing, Astrophysics, Game Design, and Development Landscape Architecture.
We are extremely proud of this group and excited that the start of their post-secondary journey is looking like it may include a significant component of actual in-person living and learning. We know our grads are prepared to take on any challenge. We will miss them and know that they will continue to make us proud in this next chapter!