Camosun College Celebrates its 2019 Graduates and Award Recipients

Thousands of graduates and guests are expected to attend Camosun College's 2019 Graduation over four ceremonies this Wednesday and Thursday, June 19 and 20 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, Camosun College, Interurban Campus.

“This is an incredibly special occasion for the Camosun community,” says Sherri Bell, President of Camosun College. “It is an opportunity for us to congratulate our grads and also honor their family, friends, Elders, and instructors for their support and encouragement. We are excited and grateful to have been part of our grads’ amazing journey.”

More than 3,800 students are graduating from Camosun this spring from certificate, diploma and bachelor degree programs in Indigenous Education, Arts and Science, Business, Health and Human Services, Trades, Technologies, Sport Education and Adult Upgrading (Access).

Four major awards will highlight the graduation ceremonies: (See Backgrounder for details.)

Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award

Camosun's annual Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have graduated more than 10 years ago and who have demonstrated outstanding service and achievement in their field and in their community: Gowan Armstrong – 2003 Graduate of Camosun's Business Administration diploma programs, in General Management and Accounting.

Promising Alumni Award

Camosun's annual Promising Alumni Award recognizes recent graduates (10 years or less) who have demonstrated outstanding service and achievement in their field and in their community: Mary-Anne Bowcott – 2013 Certificate in Plumbing & Pipe Trades Foundation.

Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Academic Medal

This annual award recognizes the top academic graduates of a two-year or longer program. This year, eight Camosun students have achieved a perfect 9.0 A+ Grade Point Average (GPA) in their studies:

  • Rebecca Battilana – Diploma in Medical Radiography 
  • Kelsey Dawn Rowe – Diploma in Medical Radiography
  • Andrew Simon Carl Rozendal – Diploma in Information and Computer Systems
  • Camille Johns – Diploma in Hospitality Management, Internship Designation

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy, and Reconciliation

This award is presented annually at graduation to a student who has been enrolled in a certificate, two-year diploma or four-year undergraduate program and achieves high academic standing in the program and has contributed to the promotion of inclusion, democracy and/or reconciliation within their campus community:

  • Aleena Lano – Diploma in Indigenous Studies

This year will be Camosun’s greenest graduation ceremony. Event programs have been scaled back to reduce the amount of paper used, the flowers purchased by grads and their families are coming from local farms, dishes and cutlery used at the reception is recyclable or compostable, everyone is encouraged to bring their reusable water bottles as there will be additional water stations provided.

Camosun has worked hard to make this event as accessible and inclusive as possible. Transcription of the ceremonies has been added, and access to stage and facilities has been improved for all attendees. Each ceremony will also be live-streamed at for family and friends unable to attend.

Camosun College congratulates all of its outstanding 2019 graduates and award recipients this year.

Original article from Camosun College