To the Graduating Class of 2019
From: 18524 Lt(N) Chris Theal, CFA, CIM
RMC Foundation President, Class of 1992
It is my distinct pleasure to offer each and every one of you my heartfelt congratulations on the successful completion of your program. It has been a long, tough road and you should be justifiably proud of your accomplishments.
As a Graduate of the Class of 1992 our memories might not be identical, but we all come from the same mould and share the motto that will serve you well as you continue to develop as leaders: Truth, Duty, Valour. Take this motto into your new career as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and lead with integrity, be accountable, and inspire others in your command.
The past four years have challenged you, they have strengthened you, and they have given you the ability to form bonds and friendships that will carry with you for the rest of your career and beyond. RMC will now be a part of your life forever, and when you return 5, 10, 15, or 25 years from now the halls will still speak of your experiences, and how RMC will forever be a part of who you are, and who you have become.
While we were at RMC our focus was on becoming the leaders we are today, but all along the way, we had an awareness of the traditions and people who paved the way before us. As you pass through the Arch for the last time before your new journey begins, think of those young officers after you who will look to you to do the same. As Ex-Cadets we keep those same traditions alive and financially support the activities, trips, teams, and heritage that our Alumni had done for us.
It is important for you to remember this as your career unfolds, that the funding support that you needed as a junior officer came from Ex-Cadets who recognized the value of the opportunities they had at the College and felt the need to give back to support Canada’s future leaders.
I envy you as you move on to the next stage in your career and wish you the very best in all of your endeavours.
18524 Lt(N) Chris Theal, CFA, CIM
RMC Foundation President
Class of 1992