The College of the Rockies held convocation at Western Financial Place on Friday (June 9), as hundreds of students marked and celebrated the end of their academic journey in various programs.
A processional was drummed in by the Numa Ka•kin drum group, while ʔaq̓am Community Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre Jr. gave a welcoming address, touching on themes of humility and gratitude.
Danny Irwin delivered the student address, walking through his own academic experiences while attending the College of the Rockies with the goal of becoming a scientist.
“Where ever your journey takes you, welcome whatever comes your way with open mind and heart, and be the best you can be in any circumstance” said Irwin. “Embrace change and defy convention. Speak with conviction and listen with intent. Walk with purpose and celebrate your talents, because the world needs them now, more than ever.”
Paul Vogt, president and CEO of the College of the Rockies, lauded the graduates for their accomplishments, acknowledging the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last couple of years.
“We’re very proud of what you’ve achieved,” Vogt said. “All of you came to College of the Rockies with a goal, a goal that you set for yourselves, and we can say today that all of you have achieved that goal. And now that you have accomplished it, there is a whole world of opportunities and possibilities that are open to you.”
Sarah Masardier was honoured with the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal, while Michelle Davis was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Collegiate Bronze Medal. Emily Ruth Williams was recognized with the President’s Award of Excellence.