Camosun celebrates its Spring 2011 graduates, June 17
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More than 1,500 graduates and guests are expected to attend Camosun College's Spring 2011 Convocation Ceremonies this Friday, June 17 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, at Camosun's Interurban Campus. Grad details...
Ceremonies begin at 10am for students graduating in the Trades and Technologies, Health and Human Services, Access and Aboriginal Education programs.
Ceremonies begin at 2pm for students graduating in the Arts and Sciences, Business, and Sport and Exercise Education programs.
Keynote Speaker – Astrid Braunschmidt
This year's keynote speaker is Camosun alumnus and award-winning reporter and anchor for /A\ News Vancouver Island, Ms Astrid Braunschmidt. Since graduating from Camosun's Applied Communication program in 2000, Astrid has worked in radio, television and cable, hosted a series on Victoria's history and covered stories profiling international efforts to help children with AIDS in Uganda. Her passion for storytelling has taken her all over Vancouver Island and around the world. Astrid will address the new graduates speaking on "the power of eye contact."
Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Medal Recipients
For the first time in its 40-year history, Camosun has a four-way tie for the annual Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Medal which is given annually to the top academic graduates from a two-year or longer program. Each recipient earned a perfect 9.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in their respective programs:
Stephen Woodiwiss – Computer Systems Technology GPA 9.0
Stephen Woodiwiss graduated earlier this year with a perfect 9.0 GPA in his program. Today he is a mid-tier technical consultant for CGI, a technology firm in Victoria. "I was really surprised and flattered to hear about the award," said Stephen. "I came to Camosun from UBC and I found such a difference in the level of attention I received here. My professors were here to teach and to help. I chose Camosun because it was highly recommended by the tech companies I spoke to locally. They told me that "Camosun grads can do stuff." I also found out that the IT sector in Victoria outnumbers the tourism field. It was a low risk bet for me and because the program could take you from a certificate to diploma and onto a degree at university, I felt like I could get skills and a credential at any level."
Jitka Zelenkova – Criminal Justice GPA 9.0
Jitka Zelenkova graduates this June with a 9.0 GPA in the two-year Criminal Justice diploma program. She says she chose Camosun because a friend recommended the program to her. “I really enjoyed learning about the Criminal Justice System,” she says. “I liked Camosun – the teachers were helpful and the program was very hands-on. I really appreciate this award and couldn't have achieved these results if it weren't for my study partners. I wish I could be there to receive it, but I have a full-time job this summer with the Land Titles and Survey Authority. My goal now is to complete the Associate of Arts degree and then transfer to Simon Fraser University’s criminology degree program.”
Catherine Woodward – Electronics Engineering Technology Co-op GPA 9.0
Catherine Woodward graduated earlier this year with a 9.0 GPA in Electronics Engineering Technology – Co-op option. Today Catherine is an Assistant Electrical Controls Officer for the Department of National Defence in the Marine Systems Engineering section. "I feel very proud and honoured to receive this award," she says. "I worked hard and it's nice to have the school acknowledge my efforts. I originally chose Camosun College because I had heard good things about the Trades and Technology department. I really enjoyed my program – I thought it was both challenging and rewarding."
Lisa Koronko – Business Administration, Finance Option, Co-op GPA 9.0
Lisa Koronko graduates this June with a perfect 9.0 GPA in Business Administration – Finance Option, Co-op. This summer she is working on a co-op work term in Vancouver with the accounting firm Williams & Company. Her position as a Compliance Officer has her travelling throughout the province with other co-op students to perform compliance reviews of tire retailers and new car dealerships to confirm they are collecting and remitting tire levies correctly. In the fall she plans to return to Camosun for the BBA - Accounting degree program. "I feel that I've learned and grown a lot from my program at Camosun," says Lisa. "I gained a large knowledge base as it gave me a taste of many different aspects of business. Along the way, I was able to network and build memorable relationships with students and instructors; I feel these connections will be most valuable to me moving forward. I chose Camosun because of its proximity to my house and its smaller class sizes. Of the award, Lisa says, "I am very grateful to be receiving this national award as a token of my hard work and dedication towards my schooling. Thank you!"
Camosun College congratulates all of its June 2011 graduates and award recipients this year.
Fall Grad—November 5, 2010
Director, College & Community Relations
Last updated: June 16, 2011 9:08 am