Convocation 2017

Convocation 2017

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.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
2017 Grande Prairie Regional College Convocation, Saturday May 06/2017

“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.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
2017 Grande Prairie Regional College Convocation, Saturday May 06/2017

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.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
2017 Grande Prairie Regional College Convocation, Saturday May 06/2017

“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.”

To see more photos of GPRC Grande Prairie 2017 Convocation, head to our Facebook page. 

Read the full news release here.

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Teresa Evans (left) and Sheila Elliott (right) before heading to Australia for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2019, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both having hospitals on college-owned land.

Evans and Elliott are both looking forward to the adventure ahead of them and say they will be even more excited once the “15 hour flight from Vancouver” is behind them.

GPRC’s favourite wolf and mascot Farley is also tagging along for the ride.

Make sure you check back and watch The Ambassador Blog for updates on their trip.

Check out the full news release on our GPRC website here.

Bike A Thon: Make Some Noise for Mental Health

Bike A Thon: Make Some Noise for Mental Health

GPRC is proud to be standing up for Mental Health Awareness by making some noise for mental health.


Student-athletes and mental health advocates in Alberta are teaming up with RBC Olympians and Sheldon Kennedy to reduce stigma related to mental illness and promote mental health and wellness. Make Some Noise for Mental Health is an award-winning campaign which promotes mental health awareness on 17 post-secondary campuses in 15 communities. Coinciding with ‘Blue Monday’, the campaign begins on January 16 and continues until February 12, 2017.

Read the full Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference news release here.



Join us on February 3rd and 4th at our GPRC Volleyball home games against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings to show support of your student athletes and spread awareness of mental health. 



Earlier in the day of February 3rd, join us for a Bike A Thon: Make Some Noise for Mental Health put on by your GPRC Student Wellness and hosted in the SAGPRC Howler’s Lounge. 

The Bike-A-Thon event features up to 20 teams on 20 stationary bikes in the GPRC Howlers Lounge pedaling to achieve the furthest distance for the grand prize.

Student Wellness, Wolves Athletics and the Students’ Association are working together to put together a fun event that will raise awareness for mental health, bring the student body together and burn some calories! Go the distance for Mental Health and Campus Activities!

Learn more on how to register and get involved here. 



GPRC Fine Arts Welcome A New Addition

GPRC Fine Arts Welcome A New Addition

GPRC Bachelor of Music student, Alex Windsor is excited for the chance to play on GPRC’s latest addition in their Fine Arts Department.

Alex Windsors play on GPRC Fine Arts new Steinway Grand Piano

“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home, and gives students the opportunity to learn without having to travel far,” says Windsor, “Now, with the new piano being added to the department, students have the chance to learn on and be exposed to an instrument that will help us fine-tune our skills.”

To learn more about the three year process of bringing this gorgeous instrument to GPRC’s Collins Recital Hall stage, check out the news article on our website.

“It’s been a long process of research to find the perfect piano for GPRC, so to see it finally on our stage is really exciting,” says Carmen Gorgichuk, GPRC Fine Arts Instructor.

You can also check out the photos on GPRC’s Facebook page to see the steps the piano had to go through before being allowed to play. 

The Beautiful Steinway Model D, 9-foot Concert Grand Piano


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Download Mark On You

Download Mark On You


September 22, 1966 was the first day of classes at Grande Prairie Jr. College (was what soon to become GPRC)! They expected 35, and 119 students showed up.

Our founders knew that GPRC served a vital need of bringing access to post-secondary education to our community, and today that is still equally as true, as GPRC serves close to 10,000 students each year.

We celebrated the kick-off event to our 50th Anniversary with delicious floats and snacks along with the song launch of ‘Mark on You’. Written by Grande Prairie singer songwriter Tenille, ‘Mark On You’ reflects that you don’t have to be a student for GPRC to impact your life, and leave a mark on you.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us yesterday. Check out the photos!

We look forward to the year of celebration to come!

Download ‘Mark On You’ on iTunes. It’s also available on Apple Music, Spotify and GooglePlay.

Check out our news release on our website for more information.

Stay tuned for more information from our Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre webpage on Tenille coming to perform the song live in December!

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