More than 150 tassels moved from right to left at Keyano College in Fort McMurray last week during its 48th annual convocation ceremony.
An estimated 738 students graduated this year with around 170 attending the ceremony and walking the stage in front of friends, family and classmates.
With such a large graduating class, two ceremonies were slated for convocation day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both were held this year at Keyano Theatre, moved from the Sport and Wellness Centre where it was held for the past three years.
This year’s valedictorian was Amber Cleghorn, a student from the Business, Administration and Management diploma program, who will graduate with a 3.99 GPA (grade point average) out of 4.0.
While she looks forward to the next chapter of her life, the new graduate will always remember the college that “changed her forever,” Cleghorn said in a press release from the college.
“When I had first arrived at Keyano, I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life; but, just by taking the courses of my program and discovering what interested me and maybe even what subjects or areas I would personally like to steer clear of, I learned more about myself and what direction I wanted to proceed in,” she said.
In order to fully celebrate this year’s graduates, the college launched a first-time event called Grad Daze this year, which was held on May 5 and saw 120 graduates attend to pick up their gowns, complete surveys, sign up for the alumni association and talk about their futures.
“Grad Daze was a smashing success!” Marsha Kuchelema, director of student services and registrar for the college, said in the release.
“We had an enthusiastic planning committee this year and the work and collaboration that has taken place with planning this year’s convocation is unmatched. We have engaged each department in the college to help make convocation a perfect day for our graduates,” she said.
* CORRECTION: In the print version of this story, it was incorrectly stated that William Shatner was the guest speaker at this year’s convocation. Shatner was in fact the headliner for the Keyano Theatre fundraiser on Mar. 15. The Journal apologizes for this error.