Students from the Faculty of Arts and Science are taking the stage at Place des Arts on November 28, during Concordia's fall convocation ceremonies. Among them is valedictorian Gabrielle Mandl, who made a mark within the faculty and among her peers.
"Gabrielle Mandl represents the best of Concordia University, as a student, researcher and as a role model for our students,” explains Francesca Scala, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Science. “Her leadership and community engagement align with the broader goals of our institution, making her the ideal candidate to deliver the valedictorian address at the convocation ceremony."
Born and raised in the heart of South Carolina with roots tracing back to Montreal, Gabrielle embodies a dual citizenship that mirrors her diverse upbringing. Her father, Michael Mandl, proud Concordia alumn (BEng '83), instilled in her a deep appreciation for education and community. However, tragedy struck when he passed away when she was just 13, leaving her with a longing to reconnect with his legacy. For her, Concordia became more than an academic institution; it became a reflection of her father's aspirations – a place that embraced community, fostered education, and felt like family.
Gabrielle shares her takeaways and memorable moments from life at Concordia.