“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Vancouver Community College is proud to announce the graduation of 1,112 hardworking and dedicated students on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. 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:
Valedictorian Kristina Jenei, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, addressed the graduating class with a motivating message:
“My challenge for each of you is to continue to grow and to develop for the better. Be passionately ambitious about everything you do in life. Do everything with intention. Do not blindly follow popular opinion. Question everything. Resist the urge to be complacent and always, always be kind."
Kristina began her academic journey at VCC in 2010 when she started working towards a goal of gaining entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. During her time at VCC, Kristina was awarded the Term Three BSN Professionalism Award, an award for the student who demonstrates the highest level of professional conduct.
Gyda Chud offered an inspired alumni address. Currently teaching early childhood care and education classes in VCC's continuing studies department, Gyda has a long and distinguished career in ECCE, as a teacher, a dean and as a national advocate. She was the first to earn VCC's outstanding alumni award in the category of lifetime achievement. Learn more about her incredible story in her award video.