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Vivienne Poy, a member of the Senate of Canada and chancellor of the University of Toronto, told the 1,770 graduates of Old Dominion University's fall commencement Dec. 18 that confidence and curiosity will lead to success in a life full of learning.

"No matter where you come from, and whatever your heritage or religion, be proud of who you are," she said. "Confidence will help you move forward in life."

Poy's remarks came after she and Alf J. Mapp Jr., nationally known historian and author and professor emeritus of history at ODU, received honorary degrees.

Drawing on her personal experiences as an author, entrepreneur, fashion designer and historian, Poy remarked, "This is not the end of your education; it is only the beginning."

"Choose what you are interested in, and you will be successful," Poy told the graduates. "Success is not measured by how much money you make, but how much you look forward to getting to work in the morning, and how late you work at the end of the day, not because you have to-but because you want to."

Poy wished each graduate a life full of curiosity, learning and pride. She concluded, "Your ultimate success is not reflected by how much money you make but by your contributions to society and to the world."

The ceremony, which was held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, was the university's 103rd commencement.

This article was posted on: December 18, 2005

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