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Olds College celebrates the 107th graduating class in-person

June 16, 2022

The Olds College community celebrated the 107th graduating class in-person as hundreds of graduates crossed the stage.

Before the Convocation ceremony, a tipi raising and medicine teachings were performed near the Ralph Klein Centre. Elder Calvin Williams, from the Many Children Clan of the Blood Tribe, then performed a blessing at the tipi, followed by a mini feast of traditional bannock and stew. 

The Convocation ceremony began with Master of Ceremonies, Debbie Thompson, Vice President of Academic & Student Experience, Olds College, celebrating the success of the 2022 graduates, who have demonstrated determination, hard work and intellect throughout their studies. The celebration was in-person and live streamed for those who were not able to attend.

Greetings were brought by Leona Staples, Chair, Olds College Board of Governors as well as  Earl Dreeshen, MP Red Deer - Mountain View. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, Elder Calvin Williams made an Ancestral Territory Acknowledgement. To follow Celia Sutton, President, Olds College Student’s Association gave greetings and welcomed the 2022 Valedictorian.

The 2022 Valedictorian address was given by Kristina-Rae Nordquist, graduate of the Land and Water Resources diploma program, where she congratulated her fellow graduates and thanked Olds College faculty and fellow students’ along with parents, for their support. 

Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College, then took the stage to reflect on his time at Olds College and highlighted the concept of continuous learning and unlearning, equity, diversity and inclusion, and leading with purpose. He urged graduates to continue on the quest to learn, and to consider their purpose while enhancing their story. 

“It has been my pleasure to be a part of this incredible institution, and a part of your learning journey. I look forward to following your story as you learn, and unlearn, as you enhance your society and as you lead with purpose,” stated Cullum during the ceremony. 

The Red Crow College Drum Group then joined the ceremony and performed an Indigenous Honour Song.

Convocation concluded with graduation award presentations, with awards presented by the Olds College Board of Governors, the Alumni Association, the Faculty Association of Olds College, and President of Olds College. Award winners included:

Governor General's Academic Collegiate Bronze Medallion

Claire Robertson, Horticulture Technologist Diploma.

Olds College Faculty Association Outstanding Student Award

Colbi Pratt, Agricultural Management Diploma; Benjamin Atwood, Business Management Diploma and Sports Management Major; Kimberly Bateman, Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management Diploma.

Olds College Alumni Association Awards

Annalise Beaulieu, Horticulture Technologist Diploma; Christopher Gaytan, Business Management, General Management Major; Emily Prevost, Business Management, General Management Major; Shaylan Waldner, Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Presidential Instructional Excellence Award

 Dr. Jaryn Scheck, Animal Health Instructor.

Following the ceremony, a traditional round dance at the tipi was performed where students, staff, faculty and even Billy the Bronco joined in to dance! 

Congratulations to the graduates of 2022!

Watch the live streamed recording

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