The sky’s the limit for Aurora grads

Click on the slideshow above to view captions.Photos: Malcolm Gorrill and Terry Halifax.

Family and friends filled the hall for Aurora Campus’ 2012 convocation, which featured one of the largest graduating classes to come out of the Inuvik-based campus.

With the hard work of the school year over and the graduates dressed in the traditional blue gowns and hats of Aurora College, they filed into the Midnight Sun Complex’s community hall to come together one last time to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony was packed with speakers who congratulated the grads and spoke of the future. Speakers included Aurora College President Sarah Wright Cardinal, Inuvik MLA Alfred Moses and Mackenzie Delta MLA Frederick “Sonny” Blake Jr.

Aurora College awarded certificates and diplomas to 44 grads in three schools of learning – Business and Leadership, Education and Arts and Sciences. The large number of people attending the convocation was unexpected, but staff quickly made arrangements to accommodate all of the guests. The initial setup accommodated little more than 300 spectators, but another 50 or so seats  were quickly added as more friends and family arrived.

“The hall was completely full, and it was a fairly large graduating class for us,” said Doug Robertson, director of Aurora Campus.

Following keynote speeches, valedictorian Holly Ovayuak, a business administration diploma graduate from Tuktoyaktuk, addressed the crowd about the challenges and rewards of her program. She made note of the many students who accompanied her along the way on her educational journey.

“It was a really nice address,” Robertson told The Journal.

Robertson said the convocation ceremony went really well. Graduates came from as far south as Fort Smith and as far north as Sachs Harbour and had plenty of support from their many family and friends. The overall theme to the ceremony was, “There are no limits in life.”

“I think the overarching theme was the sky’s the limit as to what these folks can do. For a lot of these people, even most of these people, it’s not necessarily the end of an education. We look at learning as a lifelong process,” Robertson said.

Some of the graduates will move on to seek employment in their occupation of choice, while others plan to continue on in their formal education.

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