Hundreds of students began the next chapter of their lives this weekend. More than 200 students walked across the stage at the 2018 GPRC Convocation Ceremony.
Of the graduates two students are selected every year to speak at the ceremony. They are selected not only for their academic achievements but also for their contributions around campus and in the community. Business Administration graduate Alexis Nellis was the Paul J. Evaskevich Valedictorian.
The Beth Sheehan Salutatorian Award went to Jenise Aylward who was graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing which is part of a collaborative degree program. Aylward says she has really grown during her time at GPRC.
“I have always been a very shy person, but I chose the nursing profession, where communicating with others is an important skill and vital part of the job. Each year this program has pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone and made me realize that you can do anything you set your mind to.”
“Fear will always be a companion in your life,” she added, “but how you let it shape you is what counts.”
The 2018 graduates have many reasons to be proud according to GPRC President Don Gnatiuk.
“It’s inspiring to see how far these students have come. We can’t wait to see the vital contributions they will make to their communities in the years to come.”
Just this February GPRC and the province announced they would be working towards granting degrees. Gnatiuk previously said they were unsure of the when the first degree program would begin but they would be focusing on the most in demand. That included education, arts and science degrees. The hope is that more students will be able to complete their education close to home and then will choose to stay.