Thursday, May 31, was a day to remember for more than 170 young men and women from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

May 31 was the engineering students’ day to take centre stage at Memorial University’s spring 2012 convocation ceremonies. Graduates received their degrees in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering and ocean and naval architecture engineering with family, friends and faculty members in attendance at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

“It’s a really big feeling of accomplishment. I feel so proud to be here today,” said Ashley Mercer, a mechanical engineering graduate from Shearstown, N.L. “All the faculty members were excellent throughout the whole program and I’ll always remember all the friends I made while I was here.”

The students were addressed by Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, who told them to be proud of their accomplishments and to enjoy the thrill of achievement. Throughout the ceremony, a number of students couldn’t help but reflect on the time they spent studying, completing assignments and taking part in work terms during their years in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“It’s pretty exciting. I put a lot of work into six years of school so it’s really nice to get up on stage and celebrate that,” said Mike Noseworthy, a computer engineering graduate from Mount Pearl, N.L.

When the moment finally came to receive their degree and walk across the stage, some students also felt relieved to know they had completed a very challenging program that is respected by industry and academia around the world.

“It’s a tough program, but I started work last week, so it definitely prepares you for work right away,” said Kyle O’Grady, a mechanical engineering graduate from Carbonear, N.L. “The work terms do a lot to get us ready for the workforce.”

The majority of the engineering graduates are already employed by organizations in their field of study and are continuing to learn and grow as young engineers. They credit the faculty from Engineering and Applied Science for giving them the knowledge to make an immediate impact in their new careers and credit the co-operative education work terms for preparing them for life as professional engineers.

“It’s definitely a good program and I’m proud to have graduated from it,” said Janelle Adams of Mount Pearl. “The co-op work terms in particular were very helpful and allowed us to use what we learned in class.”

Later in the afternoon, 25 students received their Master of Engineering graduate degrees, 20 students were awarded Master of Applied Science degrees, and six students were awarded their Master of Engineering Management degrees.