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The former Royals’ student athlete, now aPhD student in the Dalhousie University medical physics department, made international news earlier this year, as a member of a team that has created software capable of lessening the invasiveness of radiation treatment.
MacDonald encouraged graduates to recognize the “sacrifices and hard work” made by those who helped them reach this point, including their parents and guardians.
“It is a remarkable feat and you should be immensely proud of your accomplishment,” he told graduates.
While taking his undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University, MacDonald changed his major from math to physics, the start of the study and career path he continues to travel.
“Never stop challenging yourself,” he advised graduates.
MacDonald added “be receptive to the unexpected.”
“There is no one path it is not a race and it is never too late to make a change,” he said.
MacDonald added the importance of “staying true to yourself and never stop learning.”
Richelle MacLaughlin, Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) member for West Antigonish, commended graduates on their special day, describing it as “an important milestone.”