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For the record: Alumni service award clarified

A column published in the Capital News edition of Thursday, Sept. 22, had some incorrect information regarding Okanagan College.

The column criticized Okanagan College for giving current provincial cabinet minister George Abbott an honorary degree, when in fact that is not what he received.

Abbott was recognized by the Okanagan College Alumni Association, an independent, self-governed organization comprised of volunteers, by being awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award and Shane Koyczan is receiving the Young Alumni Award. That award is presented at an event organized by the Alumni Association itself. The board of the association makes the decision about who is to be recognized, while Okanagan College has no part in the decision process.

Okanagan College also does not present honorary degrees, but recognizes the contribution to the community, college and the country through the presentation of Honorary Fellows, bestowed at spring and summer convocation ceremonies.

 

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