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June 15, 2010

Jess Johnston (left) and Andrew Johnson from the Mechanical Engineering Technology project showcase.

Jess Johnston (left) and Andrew Johnson from the Mechanical Engineering Technology project showcase..

It’s that time of year again.—when we hoot and holler in support of friends and family as they cross the stage to announce to the world, “I did it! I finished what I started! I’m a GRADUATE!”

Our newest graduates join over 40,000 others who, since 1971, have launched new careers and education paths with their certificate, diploma or degree from Camosun College. Whether seeking employment with a new credential, or continuing with further studies, we are confident our graduates are well prepared, academically, technically and even socially, to meet the challenges that await them. Good luck, graduates, and keep in touch. We love learning where your paths take you.

Camosun’s two graduation ceremonies, which take place at the Interurban campus’ PISE gymnasium on June 18, would not be complete without an inspirational keynote address and the presentation of our two major awards:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented twice each year, this award recognizes a graduate who has achieved outstanding recognition and achievement in career and community. This year’s award goes to Arthur Vickers, a renowned contemporary First Nations artist. Born in Northern British Columbia, Vickers spent his youth as a fisherman, graduated from Camosun College in 1971 as a journeyman carpenter, and today makes his living as a “visual poet.” Read more...

Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medallion

The Governor General’s collegiate bronze medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma-level, post-secondary program. This year it is awarded to Jesse Johnston, who graduated in September 2009 with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, achieving a near-perfect GPA of 8.97, out of a possible 9.0. Johnston knew by the end of grade 11 exactly what he wanted to do—work with heavy machinery. After graduating from Belmont High, Johnston spent a year working with heavy equipment, which inspired him to take go to Camosun for his diploma. He had all the raw ingredients to succeed in this demanding program: a knack for calculus and physics, and an aptitude for mechanics. But he also attributes his academic success to Camosun’s smaller class sizes, the hands-on learning, and the personal approach from instructors who are always willing to help students with their work. Instructor Russ Rook says, “Johnston’s GPA pretty much speaks for itself. He seems to have no problem mastering and applying engineering concepts, and he is a model student. His work is neat, comprehensive, and accurate, and he is a bright student who is an absolute pleasure to teach.”

Keynote Speaker

Olympic gold medalist, champion coxswain of the Canadian Senior Men’s 8 rowing crew and childhood cancer survivor, Brian Price believes there is a champion in each of us, inspiring us to continually strive for success in all aspects of life.

Last updated: June 15, 2010 3:47 pm

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