Aurora College’s Yellowknife/North Slave Campus celebrated the achievements of its 53 graduates on May 5 at the campus’ annual convocation ceremonies.
The graduates of 2012 came together one last time at the Explorer Hotel’s Katimavik Room before moving on to the next stage of their lives. Some will continue furthering their education, while others will take their first steps along the road of their careers.
Faculty, staff, friends and family celebrated the convocation of the grads in three schools of learning – health and human services, business and leadership, and education. The health and human services graduates made up more than half of the graduate population, but the business and education schools were also well-represented.
The auditorium was a full house. Family and friends came out to congratulate and support the students who had finally completed their diplomas, degrees and certificates.
“This year, my message was about resiliency, and I shared the story of some teachings from the elder Charlie Barnaby and the importance of being strong, compassionate, forgiving and having a sense of humour,” said Sarah Wright Cardinal, president of Aurora College, who spoke at the convocation ceremonies. “I linked this to nuggets of resiliency and laughter from each of our programs.”
Lynn Rose Tologanak of Cambridge Bay, who earned her Business Administration Diploma, gave the valedictory address, reminiscing about orientation and studying for exams. She talked about meeting new people and seeing them in the halls, at campus events and in the library working before her speech turned to the future.
“For some of us, we may have realized what direction we want to go in the coming years of our lives,” Tologanak told the crowd. She noted the direction for some students may have changed since the first day of classes and they were now taking a different path in life than expected.
It’s the challenges that allow people to grow, and it’s important for everyone to continually push for what they most believe in, she said.
“Convocations bring out families from the community that supported our students all the way through,” Cardinal said.