Previous Ceremonies

Vancouver Community College (VCC) held its first online convocation ceremony on December 1 to honour the hard work, resilience, creativity, and success of 2,600 students from both Spring and Fall 2020.

 

The virtual graduation ceremony began with a territorial acknowledgment from Elder Deanna George, followed by O Canada performed by VCC music alumna Caitlin Toom, and a musical performance from M’Girl. The event was conducted on Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live for friends and family of the graduands. Separate Zoom rooms were set up to recognize students from the different Schools.

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas:

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

This ceremony also marked an important milestone for VCC as Ajay Patel was formally announced as the college’s president and CEO. Messages of congratulations to the graduands from Melanie Mark, B.C. Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, as well as Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament, Vancouver East, followed.  

Daniel Park, graduate from the Professional Cook program, was presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Award for his extensive work in multiple restaurants around the world. Cosmetology graduate Haruka Onishi was awarded with the Governor General’s Academic Medal for achieving the highest grade point average.

As VCC’s Fall 2020 valedictorian, Medical Office Assistant graduate Charmaine Paragas addressed the Class of 2020 with words of wisdom, courage, and inspiration.

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Charmaine Paragas

“Never let anyone dictate what you can and cannot do or achieve. Instead, I urge you to take those suggestions and turn it into the energy you need to set higher goals, to push yourselves further, and that will lead you to become the best version of yourself.”

VCC Hairstyling and Design alumna Loni Yee, owner of The Collective Beauty Studio which donates ponytails for the charity initiative Wigs for Kids BC, closed out the ceremony by addressing this year’s graduating class with the message:

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Loni Yee

"Many of you may have heard that 2020 is not a year to consider what you want, but to be appreciative of what you have. Please be kind, work hard, and success will come naturally."

Congratulations to our 2020 VCC graduates! Learn about the perks and benefits you now receive as VCC alumni.


Missed the event or want to relive the moments? See videos below:

    • General presentations
    • Presentation of graduates
      • Zoom Room 1 - School of Trades, Technology, and Design, School of Arts and Sciences (including Music), School of Instructor Education
      • Zoom Room 2 - School of Health Sciences, Centre for Continuing Studies
      • Zoom Room 3 - School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business

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Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and excellence of 1,488 graduands in an online Spring 2021 convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 24.

Guests were welcomed with a greeting, prayer, and territorial acknowledgment from Elder Deanna George, followed by a performance from ‘The Coastal Wolfpack.’

In the wake of recent tragic news and events surrounding Canada's Indian Residential Schools, this spring, VCC took the time to reflect on the collective work we all need to do to support the healing of Indigenous communities.  

The event was conducted on Zoom and live streamed for friends and family of the graduands. Separate Zoom rooms were set up to recognize students from the different Schools.

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas: 

  • 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 & Learning Services

Graduands received messages of congratulations from Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, as well as Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East.

Following remarks from the Board of Governors as well as VCC president Ajay Patel, valedictorian Vanessa Anderson addressed the graduating class of 2021 with words of wisdom, courage, and inspiration.

Vanessa Anderson

As we move forward onto the next chapters of our lives, it is important to remember that it is only through this change and uncertainty we are able to break down the barriers holding us back and become the incredible people we are meant to be.

Outstanding alumnus and president of Craftsman Collision Rick Hatswell welcomed the graduates to the alumni family and shared his wisdom with the group:

Rick Hatswell

Never be afraid of change. Be open to possibility because you never know what is waiting for you if you're ready to accept it. 


Missed the event or want to relive the moments? See videos below:

    • Presentation of graduates
      • Zoom Room 1 - School of Trades, Technology, and Design, School of Arts and Sciences (including Music), School of Instructor Education, School of Health Sciences, and Centre for Continuing Studies
      • Zoom Room 2 - School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business

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

Congratulations VCC Grads! Fall 2021


Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and excellence of 1,292 graduates in an online convocation ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 18. The event was conducted on Zoom and live streamed for family, friends, and the community.

Guests were welcomed to traditional and unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory by Elder Deanna George, and treated to a performance by Squamish musicians Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song Dancers).

Following a beautiful rendition of O Canada by VCC alumna Elaine Shepherd, VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel addressed the graduating class with a challenging message:

“As you enter the working world as VCC graduates, my first challenge for you is to use your learning for good – fight racism and discrimination and stand for fairness and kindness. Our path to healing and reconciliation requires all of us committing to learning about our shared past, listening to Indigenous truths, and working respectfully together for a just, equitable, and inclusive future.”

VCC’s Fall 2021 valedictorian Vanvisa Sataglamp then addressed the audience, sharing memories of her program and encouragement for her fellow graduates. Next, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation was presented to Gladue Report Writing graduate Courtney Copoc, and the Governor General’s Academic Medal was presented to practical nursing graduate Emily Caudle. Finally, an inspirational alumni address was delivered by Chef Laura Dawe:

“You now have the tools to steer your careers upwards, no matter what life throws your way. Continue to work hard and remain focused on your goals. Let your passion for your field guide you. But most of all, enjoy yourself along the way.”

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas: 

  • 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 & Learning Services 

Missed the event or want to relive the moments? See videos below:

    • Presentation of graduates
      • Zoom Room 1 - School of Trades, Technology, and Design, School of Arts and Sciences (including Music), and Centre for Continuing Studies, School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business
      • Zoom Room 2 - School of Health Sciences and School of Instructor Education

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