Medicine Hat College (MHC) is currently planning for this year’s Convocation, which will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014 in the college gymnasium. Two separate ceremonies will be held throughout the day. The 10:00 a.m. ceremony will see grads from the divisions of adult development, business and enterprise, trades as well as arts. The 2:00 p.m. ceremony will honour graduates from the divisions of health studies and science.
A total of 602 students will graduate from certificate, diploma and applied degree programs, with another 149 apprentice students completing studies at MHC this spring. Approximately 442 of these students plan to attend convocation.
Several awards will be handed out at the ceremonies, including the prestigious Student of the Year, Instructor of the Year, and the Governor General’s Academic Medal.
The MHC Student of the Year award will be presented to Lucas Caparini, who is a first-year student in the ecotourism and outdoor leadership (ETOL) applied degree program.
A strong student academically, Caparini is a dedicated volunteer on a variety of college and community projects including the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This event is hosted by the Medicine Hat Public Library and helps raise money for both the public library literacy fund and college scholarships for ETOL students. Caparini is described as a great individual and excellent student who is always ready and willing to assist his peers.
Glen Allan will receive MHC’s Instructor of the Year award. Allan teaches in the business program and has been a full-time faculty member at MHC for the past six years. His love of teaching is evident to his students; he creatively connects curriculum to real life and is described as someone who is caring, dedicated, passionate about what he does and willing to go the extra mile and support his students every step of the way.
This year’s recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal is Courtney Flaig, a practical nurse graduate. The medal was created in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. It is awarded to the student who receives the highest overall average upon graduation.
Flaig’s interest in the medical field began while doing volunteer work with the Elkwater Fire Department where she completed an Emergency Medical Responder Certificate. She enrolled in the practical nurse program at the Brooks campus in the fall of 2012 and now works for the Good Samaritan’s Society in Medicine Hat. Her instructors describe her as organized, conscientious, focused and able to think critically to apply what she has learned to her nursing practice.
The college will once again host distinguished guests from the city and province at the ceremony. Additionally, faculty members will form a gauntlet to honour the graduates as they cross Centennial Hall to enter the gymnasium. For more information on MHC’s graduation ceremonies, visit www.mhc.ab.ca.
The ceremony can also be available on a live web stream for friends and family who can’t attend. The live streaming link will be available from the MHC website on Friday.
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