Convocation was again with a bang on the College of the Fraser Valley on June 14 and 15 as graduates celebrated their achievements with their households, buddies, and school in 4 ceremonies on the Abbotsford Centre.

A complete of two,617 college students graduated this 12 months, with 1,168 of them attending Convocation ceremonies and crossing the stage.

Family and friends cheered, whooped, hollered, and even blew enthusiastically on kazoos to welcome the grads.

Like many occasions internationally, UFV’s in-person convocation ceremonies had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UFV President Joanne MacLean instructed this 12 months’s graduates that they’d persevered by way of demanding experiences whereas pursuing their schooling. Not solely did they’ve to finish a part of their schooling remotely due to the pandemic, additionally they coped with main flooding within the Fraser Valley that disrupted lessons in November, 2021.

“You may be remembered on your resolve, your dedication, and the dedication you’ve proven to finish your credentials within the midst of the worst world well being disaster in residing reminiscence,” MacLean famous. “Along with the pandemic, you’ve lived by way of current catastrophic flooding in our communities. You have got managed layers of adversity and it has not been simple. It has taken dedication, your exhausting work and the assist of your professors and family and friends, and it has taken dedication to embracing change and problem and discovering a method ahead. And you’ve got performed it!”

Pupil audio system addressed the viewers at every of the 4 ceremonies.

Bachelor of Enterprise Administration grad Kate Fisher, additionally a Cascade soccer athlete, talked about the advantages of small lessons at UFV.

“After I began right here within the enterprise program, I knew I had discovered my place and my ardour. I additionally rapidly realized this wasn’t a faculty the place you remained nameless. The fantastic thing about being at a smaller faculty that emphasizes smaller class sizes, is you could get to know your professors and classmates. It creates such an enduring impression and expertise when you may construct relationships with these people who find themselves so vital to your college profession.”

Bachelor of Arts grad Danielle Hill shared her fears with the viewers, talking about how three ideas: emotions of disgrace, inadequacy, and never residing as much as her in contrast excellent of different college students, virtually prevented her from accepting the honour of talking at Convocation.

“There are quite a lot of issues that may maintain you again on this world, so simply be sure you’re not holding your self again. Discover your fourth thought. Discover your fact… as a result of it should assist unleash your unstoppable energy. As we speak I’ll gratefully settle for my diploma, however my actual schooling has been studying what I used to be able to,” she stated.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing diploma graduate Sushil Dosanjh acknowledged that she and her fellow graduates have been by way of greater than their share of stress as they pursued their credentials throughout a pandemic.

“I do know the previous few years have been tough. And never simply the traditional university-is-so-hard, type of tough. No. This was the pandemic, torrential climate, warmth dome, distant studying, and flooding type of tough.

“We’ve needed to adapt to a complete new method of on-line studying, which wasn’t simple. There was uncertainty. But right here we’re. We made it. The quantity of resilience, dedication, and sheer exhausting work wanted to make it thus far isn’t any minor feat. So, you all deserve a large spherical of applause.”

Travis Gingerich, who graduated with a Bachelor of Schooling diploma, instructed his fellow graduates to carry on to hope.

“In robust occasions, I’ve to remind myself to go away room for my very own hope. There have been some tough experiences in my practicum. There will likely be extra as I start my new profession. In difficult occasions, I would like to recollect to permit myself to hope. I’m turning into an educator with the hope that my small influence will someway empower the following era.”

The Governor Basic’s Gold Medal for prime pupil in a grasp’s diploma program went to Alaina Brocklesby of Comox, who earned a Grasp of Social Work. The Governor Basic’s Silver Medal for the highest bachelor’s diploma pupil went to Heather Kelly of Maple Ridge, who accomplished a Bachelor of Science. The Governor Basic’s Bronze Medal for prime pupil from a two-year program went to Rose-Mary Siemens of Abbotsford, who earned a Social Companies Employee diploma. The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal went to Natasha Rainkie of Chilliwack, who earned a Bachelor of Schooling.

Dean’s Medalists had been Katelin Lengthy (Schooling, Neighborhood, and Human Improvement), Katriana Van Woudenberg (Science), Katrina Frankenberger (Well being Sciences), Carson Stocker, (Skilled Research), Amanda Enterkin (Built-in Research), Emily Rettich (Utilized and Technical Research), Nathan Burns (Social Sciences), and Bethany Cannon (Humanities).

UFV introduced honorary doctorates to 4 Canadians who’ve made a major contribution to their subject and Canadian society: Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Diane Delves, Peter Dhillon, and Shirley Turcotte.


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