Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) annual Fall convocation ceremony was held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday, November 24, 2022. Over 1,142 VCC graduates from 59 programs crossed the stage to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Members of the Tsastu Stalqayu Coastal Wolf Pack led graduates, faculty, and the platform party into the theatre. Traditional Indigenous greeting by Elder Deanne George of the Tseil-Waututh Nation preceded addresses by VCC Board Chair Joey Hartman, VCC President & CEO, Ajay Patel, valedictorian Murdoch de Mooy, and the presentation of the graduates.
Two graduates were recognized for their outstanding achievements. The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy, and Reconciliation was awarded to Stuart Coleman, a graduate of the Architectural Technician Certificate program. The Governor General’s Academic Medal was awarded to Vanessa Leyva Iglesias a graduate of the Cosmetologist Diploma program.
The ceremony wrapped up with a speech from VCC Honorary Alumni Award recipient, businessman, and philanthropist, Mr. Brandt Louie, the chairman and CEO of the H.Y. Louie Group of Companies and chairman of London Drugs.
“Your hard-earned education doesn’t end today,” said Louie. “Now you have the opportunity to mentor and encourage others just starting out. You have the choice to play an active part in the community in very concrete ways. You have the choice to inspire others. Your education is something no one can ever take away from you. It is what will fuel your dreams and allow you to achieve great things.”
- Brandt Louie, Chairman of London Drugs, VCC honorary alumni
Watch a recording of the ceremony here.
View Convocation photos on Flickr here.
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