Presentations by Désirée McGraw

President Désirée McGraw started her time at Pearson College UWC with three primary objectives to guide the collective work as Pearson College UWC builds its vision for the next 40 years:

  • To enhance Pearson College UWC’s public profile and engagement
  • To ensure Pearson’s program—both academic and experiential—is world-class and cutting-edge
  • To ensure the College is on a sustainable financial footing

“In my capacity as Chief Champion of Pearson College UWC, I am making it my mission to ensure potential students, prospective donors, government sponsors and our friends and supporters know about the kind of educational and life experiences we are providing here in Pedder Bay and the impact our alumni are having around the world.”

— Désirée McGraw, at Pearson College UWC Founders’ Celebration, 9 August 2015


October 2018

Désirée McGraw reports back to the College community: What I have learned from my recent travels – 04 Oct 2018

September 2018

Désirée McGraw reports back to the College community: What I have learned from our first year-students – 13 Sept 2018

May 2018

Farewell remarks to Year 43 & Year 44 at last Village Gathering of the Year 2017-18 – 18 May 2018

March 2018

Speaking Notes addressing the audience at One World 2018


Désirée McGraw joins international environmental lawyer Johannah Bernstein to present an overview of the Paris climate negotiations for International Affairs
VIDEO: Livestream event of “The Precarious Road to Paris” — 1 December 2015

Désirée McGraw welcomes new and returning students to Pearson College UWC
SPEECH: Opening Assembly Remarks to the New Students — 31 August 2015

Désirée McGraw welcomes alumni from the last 40 years back to campus
SPEECH: Founder’s Celebration Presentation — 9 August 2015

Désirée McGraw is introduced as Pearson College UWC’s President and Head of College
SPEECH: Opening Remarks — 20 April  2015
VIDEO: See the announcement and standing ovation for the appointment