The Hub Convocation 2019 – Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray has just graduated from Athabasca University’s (AU) Bachelor of Commerce program. Kevin is also an AU team member, working as an Administrative Assistant in the Graduate Support Unit for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Athabasca, Alberta.

He also earned the highest grade point average (GPA) for this year’s class!

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Congratulations on this achievement! What does completing your degree and receiving such incredible marks mean to you?

I put in a lot of hard work to achieve high grades in my program, so completing the degree feels like a tremendous accomplishment. I certainly feel a lot of pride and relief from completing this learning goal. Having the highest GPA for this year’s BComm program is also a nice cherry on top!

Kevin Gray

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What does this mean to you and your family?

The sense of pride and accomplishment feels great for me. However, it is even more special for parents, especially for my Mom. My Mom (Linda Gray) has been working at Athabasca University for 33 years, and she has stated that seeing me graduate with AU is by far her proudest moment in her 33 years at AU. She even got to gown me at Convocation, which was a very special moment!

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How does it feel to work and study through AU?

Working at AU while studying has been great. I have had a ton of support from my co-workers in Athabasca, so they had a large role to play in my accomplishment. My “Work Moms” in the Information Centre deserve an extra shout-out for the emotional support they provided throughout my journey. They (Info Centre Team) also gave me a parchment frame with their signatures on the back as a graduation gift, which was really special and heart-warming!

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Obviously, flexibility is an important part of the educational options AU offers. Where there any particular points during your studies that this was crucial for you?

The flexibility to work on courses year-round and on my own schedule was great; it allowed me to fit my studies in with work and other life demands. It also allowed me to work and to graduate without any student loan debt.

Kevin Gray

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Do you have any words of wisdom for any learners who may be considering taking their degree through AU?

I have several pieces of advice for new/prospective students (also applies to current students):

  • Make sure you review the material on AU’s Counselling Services website and make sure you implement the advice given. The Counselling Services Team has some great resources that are available to the AU community.
  • Building a study schedule is a great idea to help you stay on track. However, make sure you build some “slack” into your schedule to account for unexpected events.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, make sure you go through the Undergraduate Student Orientation. If you are a graduate student, make sure you review the program website for your respective program in-depth.
  • If you are pursuing undergraduate studies, make sure you visit the Athabasca University Students’ Union website. They have lots of great resources that many students are unaware of.
  • Make sure you don’t neglect self-care. Self-care can be highly individual, but for me powerlifting is a great activity that helps with my physical and mental health and makes me more productive.

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What’s next for you?

I am currently working in the graduate office for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and see myself staying there for the foreseeable future. From a longer-term perspective, I don’t know what the future will hold, but I could certainly see myself pursuing further educational opportunities with Athabasca University to enhance my intellectual development and longer-term career prospects.

Kevin Gray

“Completing the Bachelor of Commerce program with Athabasca University allowed me to pursue a high-quality and rigorous education without uprooting other aspects of my life. The program allowed me to develop technical knowledge and competencies in all core areas of business (marketing, statistics, finance, accounting, information systems, organizational behavior, and commercial law), while also developing general intellectual and critical thinking capacities. The program also required me to be self-directed and self-motivated, which are highly valuable and marketable skills. ”

– Kevin Gray, BComm '19
Published:
  • June 27, 2019