Convocation 2017

Convocation is one of the highlights of every year at Lakeland College. Students, their family and friends plus Lakeland administration, faculty and staff all celebrate the accomplishments of the class.

We have several traditions at our convocation ceremonies:
  • All the faculty are on the stage to congratulate each graduate as they receive their credential.
  • In the 1980s, the President's Medal was added to convocation. The medal honours outstanding graduates for their academic excellence and campus leadership
  • We recognize generation alumni. New graduates whose parents, grandparents and or great-grandparents are alumni are introduced.
  • The academic recessional concludes with faculty, board members and senior staff lining the hallway and clapping for the graduates as they exit.
  • We recognize a distinguished alumnus and a distinguished citizen on each campus during our ceremonies.
  • Our newest tradition is a ceremonial prayer from an elder and honour song at the beginning of each convocation.
Check out these stories from Convocation 2017
Download photos from Flickr
Every graduate's photo was taken after they crossed the stage. They were posted on our Alumni Facebook Page and also upload to Lakeland's flickr account. There are also an assortment of pre and post-ceremony photos.

How to download
You do not have to become a flickr member. Simply use the link below to the group of photos you'd like to look at. To browse through the photos you may scroll down (and then go to next page), or click on an individual photo and view as a slide show.

If you want to download a photo:
  1. If you aren’t already viewing a single photo, click on the photo so it opens.
  2. Look at the right hand of the photo for a symbol of an arrow going down.
  3. Choose Download/All sizes.
  4. You will get a page with a variety of photo sizes to download. Click on the size you want to use. If you want to print the photo, download the original. You should also be able to print an enlargement from this size.
  5. Download to your PC, laptop, tablet or phone.

2017 Convocation flickr collections. Each collection has several albums from each event:

Vermilion afternoon ceremony - archived video from live stream
The Academic Processional starts about 2 minutes into the video.

Vermilion morning ceremony - archived video from the live stream
There were some internet connection issues during the morning ceremony. The complete ceremony is unavailable.

Lloydminster ceremony - archived ceremony video from the live stream
The Academic Processional starts approximately 11 minutes in.

Vermilion campus distinguished alumnus and citizen - video
Lloydminster Convocation 2017 videos
Lloydminster Convocation through the lens of Lakeland's videographers. This play list includes 4 different videos:
  • Kendall Stewart, the President's Medal winner
  • Distinguished alumnus and citizen feature
  • General convocation
  • Dillion Lavoie's Lakeland experience
Vermilion Convocation 2017 video

Vermilion program
Lloydminster program

What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.