Convocation Ceremony at GPRC Fairview
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) honoured the achievements of their latest graduates of the Fairview campus this weekend in a Fred Speckeen Theatre. The total graduating class is approximately 430 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
This year’s Valedictorian was Motorcycle Mechanic Certificate graduate, Ines Gerber. Gerber who has completed her GPRC credentials with academic excellence was honoured to represent her fellow classmates.
“College is so much more than gaining knowledge to ignite your career,” said Gerber. “It is also an opportunity for all of us to gain independence and explore new and exciting experiences. College has given us the freedom to realize our true callings in life and opening our eyes for whatever else may come,” said Gerber.
Gerber’s confidence in public speaking, academic excellence and positive attitude made her the perfect fit to represent GPRC Fairview graduates as their Valedictorian. Gerber also auditioned to sing O Canada at the beginning of the convocation ceremony and was selected for her amazing voice.
“I hope you all continue creating new goals and dreams for yourselves,” concluded Gerber. “Never give up on yourselves even when a weld is not perfect, an animal is not improving its health, an engine will not start… Always remember to tell yourself ‘it is just one day and tomorrow will be better’.”
Graduating students, family members and honorary guests in attendance of convocation were invited to a President’s Tea after the ceremonies in GPRC Fairview’s Atrium.
“Our students continue to amaze us with their personal and academic accomplishments,” said Don Gnatiuk, President and CEO at GPRC. “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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