Toronto Flash Mob – University of Toronto Chancellor Surprised at Retirement Celebration

    June 25, 2012

This was truly a heartwarming gesture from the students at the University of Toronto, who said goodbye to their long-term chancellor with style. The student led flash mob disrupted the final convocation ceremony and moved the chancellor to tears.

The video was posted on YouTube and drew the support of many current and former students, who left heart-felt regards for the man, calling him a “tireless volunteer” and an “extraordinary ambassador” for the university. Adding, “He says something personable to literally every single graduate that shakes his hand at the convocations, often a quick joke or asking you what you’re going to do next :-)”

The mob included a choir, a full band and a saxophone solo to the tune of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” and finished with a standing ovation by all those that attended the convocation. “I’ve changed my mind, I’m not leaving,” Peterson said at the end, tears still stuck to his face.

“It’s this infectious optimism and the confidence of the kids that I’ll miss the most,” he said to the Toronto Star after the cerimony.

[via: Huff Post]