On Thursday, the University of Manitoba will be hosting it's annual spring convocation for students enrolled in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

One hundred twenty nine students will be receiving their undergraduate degrees, while number of students will also be graduating from the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctoral programs (Ph.D).

William Pallister of Portage la Prairie will be receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal and University Gold Medal in Agricultural and Food Sciences.

William Pallister - Submitted

The Agribusiness grad explains what he took out of the four-year program.

"The biggest takeaway that one should get out of university is to learn how to learn," said Pallister. "The material kind of comes and goes. A lot of people including me forget some of the material the moment you walk out of an exam but it's the ability to learn how to learn and the ability to make connections with people."

Pallister, who's also a Manitoba director for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WGWG), says he plans to return to the family farm in Portage following graduation.