On November 26, 2021 our second cohort of MPP students—now alumni—finally got the chance to visit the Max Bell School and meet each other in person for the first time. They also had the experience of walking across the convocation stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.
At a convocation dinner hosted by the School later that evening, Anil Wasif and Jonathan Lesarge, 2020-2021 co-presidents of the Public Policy Association of Graduate Students (PPAGS), offered reflections on their time at McGill.
“All of us in McGill’s Master of Public Policy program were so fortunate to have the opportunity to be enrolled at the Max Bell School,” said Lesarge. “The knowledge, skills, and relationships that we formed will continue to benefit us for the rest of our lives."
Wasif added: “I am honoured to be graduating with a star-studded cohort of MPPs willing to go the extra mile to make a difference, whenever we can. Despite being spread across ten distinct time zones, the Class of 2021 created formidable partnerships that helped all of us achieve something great together."
The attendees also heard from Max Bell School Director Chris Ragan. “My own belief is that there will never be a shortage of demand for smart, creative, and hard-working people—especially those who understand the complexities of public policy,” said Ragan, before delving into some of the many pressing challenges the alumni will face as they enter the world of policymaking.
The following morning, members of our third cohort of students hosted a breakfast for their predecessors, where they got to chat and connect over their Max Bell School experiences.
We offer our enthusiastic congratulations to the Class of 2021. You are a remarkable group of people who are sure to accomplish great things.