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Lakeland College – Vermilion Convocation
From left, Lakeland College President and CEO Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, Distinguished Citizen Judy Woywitka, and Chairman of the Lakeland College Board of Governors Darrel Howell. Photos Angela Mouly
Lakeland College Vermilion held their 2018 Convocation Ceremony at the Vermilion Regional Centre on June 1. Lakeland piper, Barry Roth, led the academic procession with bagpipes, and Sadie Granigan led the singing of O’ Canada. Elder and former Chief of Frog Lake First Nation, Ray Quinney, gave the opening prayer in Cree, and the Young Scout Drum Group sang an Honour Song. Vice President, Michael Crowe, was the Master of Ceremonies and said, “This is a milestone event for our graduates. It is the 100th Academic Year at Lakeland College, even though we opened in 1913, there were closures during the wars and flu epidemic. We are very proud of our students and excited about their future.” There were 554 graduates this year, as well as 285 apprentice graduates, and 120 Emergency Medical Training Centre graduates. Distinguished Citizen, Judy Woywitka, was presented with an honourary Bachelor of Applied Business Degree; and Distinguished Alumni, Gary Moses, was recognised for his contributions. MLA Dr. Richard Starke was in attendance, as well as Deputy Mayor, Tannis Henderson. Overall, the day of celebration was greatly enjoyed and graduates were congratulated by faculty, family, and friends.
Drummers of the Young Scout Drum Group in Vermilion on June 1.