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Student successes celebrated at Dawson Creek Convocation

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DAWSON CREEK – The accomplishments of more than 360 students at the Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge campuses of Northern Lights College were recognized on June 6 during Convocation ceremonies held in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Hangar at the Dawson Creek Campus.

Students in 44 different programs offered at the three campuses were honoured through the conferral of certificates and diplomas. Credentials were presented by NLC President Laurie Rancourt, Board of Governors chair Karen Simpson, deans of instruction and program instructors.

Melissa Sorrel, an Applied Business Technology graduate from the Dawson Creek Campus, was one of two Valedictorians. She thanked family, friends, instructors and her fellow students for their support and assistance throughout the year.

“Some people have touched my life in so many ways that they probably have no idea,” said Sorrel. “Today we take the last step in our college experience. It’s time to take our knowledge and pursue our future endeavours.”

Kristan Willis, a graduate of the Social Services Worker Diploma program from Chetwynd, delivered the valedictory address on behalf of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge students. Willis completed the program via distance delivery, while also balancing careers as a personal trainer and mother.

“Everyone of us has a unique future ahead, so treat it kindly,” Willis said. “Northern Lights College will always have a special place in my heart.”

Dawson Creek businessman Danny Schilds was the keynote speaker for the ceremonies. Schilds, who is also chair of the Board of Directors for the NLC Foundation, reminded the graduates that volunteering is important to a successful life. And the importance of volunteering is being reflected in eligibility criteria for awards overseen by the Foundation.

“We are looking for students who are already trying to make a difference in their community,” Schilds said. “We realize the future of our society depends on those students who volunteer. Volunteering is part of making your world a better place to live in.”

Dignitaries in attendance included Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead, Peace River Regional District directors Leonard Hiebert and Jerrilyn Schembri, and Elder Louise Isadore.

NLC hosts three Convocation ceremonies each year. Other Convocation ceremonies are scheduled for Fort Nelson (June 13) and Fort St. John (June 20).