By Susan Hickman
Since Sachin Ivan Ramaniah earned a Commerce degree from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in 2008, his alma mater has never been far from his mind.
Now, at 35, he is graduating with his second degree, an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction, and a major in Psychology, that has earned him the Chancellor’s Medal. This medal is awarded annually to a graduating student of outstanding academic achievement.
Ramaniah’s first degree helped him enter the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). After a posting in Victoria, he returned to his hometown of Ottawa in 2014 to try out for the Nijmegen Marches Team Ottawa.
“We marched past Carleton University along the Rideau Canal and whenever I noticed the Dunton Tower, I would remember fondly my days there.”
Ramaniah hopes this second degree will help him get into medical school. He plans to write the Medical College Admission Test this summer and hopes to be selected as a medical officer under the CAF’s Military Medical Training Plan.
After receiving the Senate Medal at his last Convocation nearly 10 years ago, Ramaniah is “ecstatic” to earn the Chancellor’s Medal.
“A lot of discipline and effort went into maintaining a very high GPA in my Psychology program. I am humbled and honoured by that recognition,” he says. “None of this would have been possible without my God charting the course and orchestrating events in my favour, the encouragement and prayers of my parents and the unwavering support and confidence of my supervisor and director at work, for me to manage my studies and my job well.”
Carleton University will graduate about 3,580 students and confer 13 honorary degrees during ceremonies taking place from June 13 to June 16, 2017. Carleton, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has grown from a small college in 1942 to a leading post-secondary institution today, one that has provided a unique educational experience to 140,000 graduates.