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Spring convocation recap

Posted on June 25, 2014

Congratulations graduates!

Convocation is a special day where we recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by our graduates. Fall convocation ceremonies will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014.

Photos from the spring events can be found on VCC's official Flickr account.

Here's a short recap from our spring ceremonies:

  • VCC celebrated over 1,400 graduates with three ceremonies.
  • The amazing VCC convocation band was comprised of five current and/or graduating students from VCC's School of Music, Dance and Design: Jason Smith, Aaron Pettigrew, Adam Kerby, Joe Harvey and Carlos Vallejo.
  • Winners from our Outstanding Alumni Awards 2013 were honoured.
  • Three valedictorians represented their fellow graduates during the ceremonies: Billy Gollner, Caitlin Cindric and Jennifer Kappler.

 


Billy Gollner2014 convocation valedictorian billy school of music, dance and design
Billy is a graduate of VCC’s Music - Bachelor of Applied Music program.
Changing career paths to pursue a career in music, Billy came to VCC instead of begining his Masters of Counselling Psychology.

"I wanted to sing. I had always wanted to pursue a career as a singer but I was held back by an expectation that I should pursue a 'real job'. But, singing was my life. I have never once regretted my decision. I have found work in my field as both a voice teacher and as a singer. I have gained the knowledge and musical insight to set me up for a successful long-term career in music. And I have found happiness."

Representing: School of Music, Dance and Design; School of Health Sciences and School of Transportation Trades

 

 

Caitlin Cindric2014 convocation valedictorian caitlin cindric
Caitlin is a graduate of VCC's Bachelor of Hospitality Management program.
Discovering her passion for the hospitality and tourism industry at a young age, Caitlin decided to pursue an education in the field.

“I was inspired by successful professionals in my life who were able to pursue their educational goals and complete a Hospitality Management degree while maintaining their careers. We can now proudly stand beside them as fellow graduates.”

Representing: School of Hospitality and Business (hospitality programs)

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Kappler2014 convocation valedictorian jennifer kappler photo
Jennifer is a graduate of VCC's fashion arts certificate program.
One of her earliest design memories involved her grandmother sitting her down with a huge jar of buttons and cording; she would spend hours stringing and re-stringing buttons in different patterns. Jennifer currently designs for her own company, de volk & gosche.

"The decision to change careers and come to VCC has become a pivotal point in my journey thus far. Every day I know get to do the thing I love. And I believe that whatever lies ahead for each of us, we all know that in some way or another, with the help of this institution and its instructors, we are prepared to now move on and to take on whatever challenges come next."

Representing: School of Arts and Science; School of Hospitality and Business
(business programs); School of Language Studies; Centre for Continuing Studies and Contract Training;
Centre for Teaching, Innovation and Applied Research