GPRC honoured the achievements of their latest graduates of the Grande Prairie campus this weekend in a packed gymnasium. The total graduating class in attendance was approximately 230 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
This year’s Paul J. Evaskevich Valedictorian Award was given to Brandon Wladyko, who graduated from GPRC’s Fitness Leadership program over the weekend.
“Accept change. It’s often uncomfortable, sometimes a bit scary and you’re not always going to know the end result, but it has the potential to make you better than you could have imagined,” said Wladyko during his speech. “Be determined. Sometimes, things are going to get rough. Don’t give up, remember what got you here. Stay connected. You’re going to need others just like they’re going to need you.”
Wladyko wasn’t the only graduate to represent the Class of 2017.
The Beth Sheehan Salutatorian Award is presented to Jonathan Parenteau who is graduating with a Bachelor of Management, a collaboration degree offered at GPRC.
Parenteau “caught the learning bug” at GPRC and even has a dream of coming back to campus to teach in the Business Administration program someday.
Both represented students from an array of programming and apprenticeships available on GPRC Grande Prairie’s campus.
In his inspiring speech, Parenteau asked his fellow graduates to imagine themselves singing their favourite song in the car. “As you’re driving, your radio loses signal, do you quit singing? Of course not.” Parenteau states that we all learn to keep singing through the disruptions of life. “It has really been great getting to know many of you over the years! I have listened to you “sing” so to speak. Keep singing! Keep learning! And continue to enjoy your life as you start learning a new song in the years ahead,” he finishes.
Before graduating students, family members and honorary guests in attendance of convocation left the auditorium to enjoy some mingle time at the President’s Tea in GPRC Grande Prairie’s cafeteria, GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk addressed the graduates.
“Our students continue to amaze us with their personal and academic accomplishments,” said Gnatiuk. “We are exceptionally proud of each and every one of these graduates as they go off in pursuit of their life dreams. We thank them for choosing GPRC to begin their academic journeys with. We know each and every one of them are a vital part of a better future for all of us.”
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