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EducationAuroraCollegeGrad14TuesdayApril292014ByMARIACHURCHFor29AuroraCollegegrad-uatesfromThebachacampusinFortSmithtearsmixedwithlaughterastheytooktothestageinfrontofguestspeak-erscollegestaffandacrowdoflovedonesatthecollegesannualspringconvocationlastweek.SportingbluerobesthisyearsgraduatesfromtheschoolsofBusinessandLead-ershipArtsandSciencesandEducationreceivedtheirde-greesanddiplomasFridayattheFortSmithrecreationcen-trewherehundredsgatheredtocongratulatethem.ThisistrulyamilestoneinyourlifeguestspeakerGeorgeTuccarocommissioneroftheNorthwestTerritoriessaidinaddressingthegraduat-ingclass.Youhavemydeeprespectandhonourforwhatyouveaccomplishedtoday.AuroraCollegesalutes2BachelorofEducationgrad-uateAledaLaffertyamotherofthreefromFortResolutionwaschosenasthe2014valedic-torianandreceivedtheBoardofGovernorsawardforstu-dentleadership.Graduationisanemotionalexhilaratingandexcitingtimeforallofthemshesaidinhervaledictorianaddress.Weareallpartingwayswhichdoesnotmeananendtothelastingfriendshipswehavemadebutratheranendtothepassingofeachotherinthehallsvisitinginthelobbyorintheparkinglotorseeingeachotherinthecomputerlabwhenweareallstressingoveranassignmentwhichisprob-ablyduethenextdayshesaidincitingarippleoflaughterfromthecrowd.Itmaybetheendofourlivesasstudentsbutitisthestartofourjourneywhichwewillembarkupon.WehavecompletedonechapterandarebeginninganotherLaffertysaid.Iwishyouallthebest.AuroraCollegepresidentJaneArychukgaveanodtothefamilyandfriendsofthegraduatesandacknowledgedtheimportanceofrelationships.Yourfamilyandfriendshavebeentherewhenyouneededemotionalphysicalaca-demicandImsureevennan-cialsupportduringyouredu-cationalcareerArychuksaid.ItmaybetheendoourjourneywhichonechapterandareFromleftgraduateDanaFergussonsharesalaughwithEducationMinisterJacksonLafofGovernorschairSydneyOSullivanandAuroraCollegepresidentJaneArychuk.MargoHarneyhugsgraduateCassandraNorrisduringAuroraCollegesThebachacampusconvocationceremonyheldattheFortSmithrecreationcentrelastweek.Pierre-LucBerubegivesthethumbsupafterreceivinghisEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesTechnologydiploma.KristaMantlaishandedacongratulatorybouquetaftercollectingherBachelorofEducationdegree.TheAuroraCollegeThebac