Fort McMurray, AB – It was a full day of awards, inspiring speeches, and smiling faces on Friday, May 11 as 180 of Keyano College’s more than 500 graduating students took part in Convocation 2018.
With such a large graduating class, two ceremonies were slated for convocation day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both were held at Keyano Theatre.
Graduating from the Business Administration Management Certificate program, 2018 Valedictorian Kelly MacIntyre asked her fellow classmates to ensure they live their life with integrity and to contribute to others as they find their own path in life. A full time student at Keyano in the Business Administration program, MacIntyre is returning to Keyano in the fall to continue into the Business Management diploma and then pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Graduates also heard inspiring words from 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Kendall Netmaker.
One of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and speakers Netmaker from Sweetgrass First Nation Saskatchewan, was helped and inspired to become involved in athletics through a childhood friend. He became a Keyano College student after receiving an offer to join the Huskies Men’s Volleyball team, playing two seasons with the Huskies.
He would later launch Neechie Gear—a lifestyle apparel brand that empowers youth through sports. A portion of profits helps fund underprivileged youth to take part in sports.
During Friday’s ceremonies, the Governor General’s Academic Medal, one of the most prestigious awards that can be received by a student in a Canadian educational institution for exceptional academic achievement, was presented to Samantha LeBlanc, graduate of the Social Work diploma.
Keyano’s Interim President and CEO, Brenda Sautner, thanked graduates for their dedication and hard work.
“With this accomplishment, you have shown a resilience—a strength that is a part of this community,” she said.
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TOP: 2018 Keyano College Valedictorian, Kelly MacIntyre.
BOTTOM: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Kendall Netmaker speaks to Keyano College graduates.