Okanagan College honours 329 graduates

The first convocation ceremony of 2013 took place at Okanagan College Centre for Learning Saturday morning.

Okanagan College hosted its first convocation ceremony of 2013 Saturday. Three hundred and twenty-nine students graduated from more than 20 different programs.

The sun shone through the windows of Okanagan College Centre for Learning as the first graduates of 2013 paraded into the atrium Saturday morning.

Three hundred and twenty-nine students graduated from more than 20 programs, including: Practical nursing, commercial aviation, business administration, human kinetics, human service work, engineering technologies and computer science.

Dr. Andrew Hay, vice president of education at Okanagan College, and college president Jim Hamilton gave opening remarks before business administration graduate Joshua Widmann spoke to his fellow graduates as he gave the student address.

“There seems to be a requirement for these speeches to make a cheesy reference about the school, so I promise to fill my quota for today,” said Widmann.

“We’re surrounded by our parents, friends, professors and administrators. They compose a support network that has enabled us to get this far in our studies. Today we much not only celebrate our accomplishments, but also recognize those individuals who helped us through this journey.

“These people picked us up when we were down, taught us things we never thought we could learn and inspired us to perform beyond our greatest expectations.”

Widmann kept his speech lighthearted, noting students will likely have many fond memories of the college, but some memories won’t be pleasant.

“I don’t believe anyone will miss fighting off high school students from KSS for a seat in the atrium, or stalking pedestrians to get a parking spot in the parking lot.”

In total, the college granted 72 degrees, 25 associate degrees, 162 diplomas and 70 certificates. Last year Okanagan College recognized more than 2,800 students at its various convocations—the largest of which are typically held in June.

Lance Kayfish, chair of Okanagan College board of governors, told graduates to be proud of not only what they achieved, but where they studied. He noted the college’s reputation is growing not only throughout the Okanagan, but nationally and globally as well.

Okanagan College is the largest college in the Interior and has campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm, along with several education centres.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

Just Posted

Kelowna man charged with sex crimes gets closer to trial date

A pretrial conference has been scheduled

Bail for man charged in Kelowna murder

The man charged in a 2013 Glenmore-area murder has been released on bail

Former New Zealand politician attacked in jail

Charges have been laid against an inmate who allegedly attacked Peter Beckett during his trial

Illness numbers grow in Interior Health

GI and RI illnesses reported in Vernon, Lake Country, Kelowna, Penticton and Castlegar

Immunization clinics this week

Meningococcal outbreak prompts vaccines across Okanagan

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

Kamloops man cuffed after running from police

Kamloops RCMP say a suspect was arrested after running from police

UPDATE: Grizzly bear trophy hunting over in B.C.

Now only Indigenous people can hunt bears for meat

Warriors head to break after 3-point weekend

West Kelowna rallies in third period Sunday to tie Powell River in last game before Xmas

Star Blue Jays announced for Vancouver ‘Winter Tour’ event in January

Toronto’s pro baseball team heads west for two-day event

UPDATE: ‘Multiple fatalities’ as Amtrak derails over the I-5 in Washington State

13 cars jumped the tracks as train made its first voyage between Seattle and Portland

Mental effects of wildfire still linger in Fort McMurray

‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

Calgary Flames thump Vancouver Canucks 6-1

Mark Giordano, Sam Bennett lead the way as Flames thump Canucks 6-1

Most Read