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Spring 2018 convocation recap

Posted on June 22, 2018

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"The key to feeling fulfilled is to recognize that you are a contributor for the betterment of this world."

- Nelly Gomez, BScN

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to announce the graduation of more than 1,300 hardworking and dedicated students on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The ceremony took place at 1 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with more than 500 friends and family members in attendance.

Distinguished guests present were The Honourable Bruce Ralston, B.C Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Nelly Gomez; and representing Tsleil-Waututh Elder Deanna George, her daughter Carleen Thomas.

Areas of awarding degrees, diplomas, and certificates included:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Continuing Studies
  • Library and Teaching and Learning Services

Following the Presentation of Graduates, valedictorian Eiji Yoshikawa addressed the Class of 2018 with an unforgettable speech. A retired professional boxer, filmmaker, writer, and nonviolence advocate, Eiji came to VCC to study cosmetology. His goal is to provide hair and skin care services to boxing gyms in the Philippines, where many competitors live in poverty.

During his address, Eiji shed his graduation gown like a boxer entering a ring. Then, to surprised cheers from the audience, Eiji leaped across the stage and demonstrated a routine of handstands, punches, and push-ups.

“The heart is your power,” he said, after returning to the podium. “When you believe in yourself, the power of the heart is bigger than the universe.” 

He then challenged his classmates to use their power to give hope to those who are less fortunate. 

“Everyone is against bullying, but if you’re not taking any action to work on it, you’re part of the bullying system. The world will not be destroyed by tyrants and dictators. It will be destroyed by those who keep their mouths shut.”

 

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Congratulations to our VCC grads! Learn about the perks and benefits you now receive as VCC alumni.