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Calvin Kendrick

Valedictorian, Master of Financial Risk Management '23
"I could not have asked for a better class with whom to experience this transformational journey."

How does it feel to be valedictorian?

I feel honoured, humbled and incredibly fortunate to be chosen as valedictorian. There is nothing better than being recognized and elected by your peers. I also feel a deep sense of gratitude and responsibility to represent both my graduating class and the Rotman School as I step out into the world to make my mark, and hopefully make a difference.

Calvin Kendrick (MFRM ’23)

Why do you think your classmates chose you for this honour? 

I think perhaps they thought I might be able to communicate our experiences on behalf of the group, and represent how our many differences managed to blend into one cohesive collaborative network. I tried to make friends and reach out to as many people as I could to build relationships that I hoped would endure past the limits of the classroom.

I hope my optimistic attitude and attempts at humour created fond memories and carried a long-lasting positive impact.

How has the program changed you?

Coming into the MFRM program I definitely felt like a fish out of water. I was different in many aspects from my classmates. Most of my class had business backgrounds either from an educational standpoint or from previous work experiences, where as my background is chemical engineering.

Being able to learn from my classmates’ proficiencies along with the knowledge, teamwork, and project endeavours that the program provided me with has added an entire other dimension to my professional scope. I have exponentially grown in both my personal and professional confidence, leadership skills and business acumen.

Describe a highlight of the program

I must admit the highlight of the program for me was being fortunate enough and having the opportunity or work with an outstanding and amazing group of classmates on my course projects. They were not only fiercely smart, talented, and dedicated, but they were most importantly supportive, inclusive, and kind. All qualities one can only hope to encounter in the people we meet as we progress through our lives and careers.

What makes my classmates/graduating year special?

As we move through this past year, the world itself has become an even more challenging environment with issues that seem insurmountable at times to even the most educated and experienced amongst us. Despite all this my classmates worked together towards common goals, striving to be the best they could be, helping each other and solving problems. I see this group as a prime example of what the future needs most: a diverse yet cohesive group of people working together to achieve success and prosperity.

Always exhibiting kindness, humility and grace towards each other, my classmates maintained positive attitudes while we were continuously challenged by tasks and deadlines. The group demonstrated excellence, harmony, and wisdom as they demonstrated continuous mutual support and the willingness to go the extra mile to help each other. I could not have asked for a better class with whom to experience this transformational journey.

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