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Fall 2015 convocation recap

Posted on December 1, 2015

News-Virginia-valedictorian-300“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

- Aristotle

Vancouver Community College is proud to announce the graduation of 1,165 hardworking and dedicated students on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. This year’s Fall convocation took place at 1 p.m. in a single ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Areas of study awarding degrees, diplomas and certificates included:

  • School of Access
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Music, Dance and Design
  • School of Hospitality and Applied Business
  • School of Trades
  • Continuing Studies & Contract Training
  • Centre for Teaching, Innovation and Applied Research

Valedictorian Virginia Carlton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, addressed the graduating class with an uplifting message.

What the world truly needs is all kinds of people.  Whether we are nurses, chefs, auto mechanics, drafters, or hair stylists is irrelevant. It does not matter what we do. It matters most, how we do it.

Virginia pursued nursing prerequisites part-time over three years while raising two young sons. While at VCC, Virginia was awarded the Term 3 Award for Professionalism and was a student representative of CRNBC and InspireNet. She also worked at Vancouver General Hospital during her studies.

Special recognition was also in order for Lieutenant Governor Silver Medal Award-winner Caroline Gatchalian who today attained her Administrative Assistant certificate. This medal is given to a student in a vocational or career program less than two years in length while contributing to the life of his or her community. During her studies, Caroline volunteered with the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House and Jewish Family Services Agency, where she facilitated activities for the elderly and disabled.

Not present at the ceremony: Governor General Bronze Medal Award-winner Aimee Hung, graduating with the highest overall GPA from diploma-level program at VCC.  Aimee graduated with a diploma in Practical Nursing.

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