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Grace McLeodNursing grad Grace McLeod is the recipient of the Governor General’s Silver Medal for the most outstanding undergraduate academic record in the class of 2021.

Appreciate your surroundings, says top-achieving grad

Four years of university can fly by, so it’s important to pause and experience the moment, says Grace McLeod.

The nursing graduand will savour her Convocation ceremony Thursday afternoon, when she will receive the Governor General’s Silver Medal as the most outstanding student in her graduating cohort, relative to her peers.

“This award has such a significant history within our country, receiving it is an incredible honour that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” McLeod says.

She cautions students following her that their undergrad days will be over before they know it.

“Sometimes it is nice when you are spending time with friends or walking around campus to take 30 seconds just to appreciate your surroundings and where you are at,” she says.

That said, she notes that university life can be challenging for a variety of reasons.

“During these times, it is important to reach out to the many services available to students at the University of Windsor. Everyone needs support.”

McLeod attributes her academic achievements to a drive to always want to know more.

“As a student in the Faculty of Nursing, I was inspired by professors, clinical instructors, and my peers to always look deeper and strive for a greater understanding,” she says.

In making the award, provost Patti Weir notes that McLeod’s talents go beyond her passion for knowledge.

“As a graduate of the Faculty of Nursing, she will continue to be a true asset to nursing,” Dr. Weir says. “She brings to the profession caring, compassion, and a strong work ethic.”

McLeod will write her professional registration examination at the end of the month, and has taken up a position at London Health Sciences Centre.
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