University of Toronto Mississauga valedictorian tells CBC Metro Morning the honour feels ’surreal’

(Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)(Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

As the University of Toronto gears up for 2022’s spring convocation, University of Toronto Mississauga valedictorian  Aishwarya Nair  says she’s honoured to represent her fellow graduating students.  

"It’s still extremely surreal," Nair, an international student, told Ismaila Alfa on  CBC’s Metro Morning. "I would have never imagined coming all this way that I would have been given such an honour - and given the chance to represent a class of such brilliant students and brilliant innovators that are entering the world now." 

A  Lester B. Pearson International Scholar , Nair came to University of Toronto from India with a dream to study neuroscience. After graduating from University of Toronto Mississauga with an honours bachelor of science degree specializing in neuroscience, she’ll address the Class of 2022 at the campus graduation reception.

Nair says her message to students will take into account the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the pandemic. "It’s been difficult and we have persevered and we been resilient. So I want to recognize how much we have been through," she told CBC. "I want us to recognize that and really give ourselves the credit where it’s due." 

Listen to the segment on CBC Metro Morning