First humanist thanksgiving address at University of Strathclyde

July 18, 2015

Last week HSS Registered Celebrant, also a volunteer Chaplain at the University of Strathclyde, gave a thanksgiving address before the official Graduation Ceremony.

Jennifer BuchanThis is the first time that a humanist has offered the thanksgiving address, and is a significant achievement for the University of Strathclyde.

In her thanksgiving address, Jennifer stressed the need to live your life to the fullest, valuing the one life we have.

The University of Strathclyde was founded in 1796 at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment.

During the ceremony Jennifer offered some advice to the new graduates:

“Whatever your own beliefs, I would urge you to think about seizing every opportunity that is offered to you. Give yourself the best chance of living a full and happy life, and reach your full potential. Take others with you. Be aware of the effects of your decisions. Be relevant. Be rational.”

Jennifer concluded the ceremony by saying:

“Here we are, on your graduation day. Graduate and celebrate. And appreciate that you live in a country where it is your right to be educated. Appreciate the help and support that you have been given to get you to this day. Appreciate your own talent, and when you use it well, with integrity, hope and optimism, future generations will look back and appreciate your contribution to the world we live in.”

Commenting on the thanksgiving address, HSS Chief Executive Gordon MacRae said:

“It’s fantastic to see a humanist volunteer giving the thanksgiving address, and a real example of humanist values in action.

“Jennifer Buchan is a fantastic ambassador for humanism, we’re delighted that the staff and students of the University of Strathclyde have chosen to make her part of this wonderful celebration.”

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