Class of 2016 will ever to excel

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June 7, 2016
Lakeland College’s alumni family has grown again.
Two students at graduation wearing their capes.
Graduates of the Class of 2016 were celebrated during two convocation ceremonies at the Vermilion Regional Centre on June 3.
More than 350 of the 497 candidates for graduation from the environmental sciences, fire and emergency services, human services, agricultural sciences, interior design technology and street rod technologies programs sported green and gold as they crossed the stage to receive their credential.
Lloydminster graduates from business, energy and petroleum technology, health and wellness, and university transfer programs donned caps and gowns during their convocation ceremony on May 27. More than 160 of the 206 candidates attended the celebration.

“This is an exciting time for all of you. Before you go, I’d like to remind you of Lakeland’s motto: Ever to Excel,” said Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College, during the ceremonies.2016 grad “Today you have fulfilled one part of the motto – you’ve excelled by graduating – and now wherever you go, whatever you do, I am confident that you will continue to do just that: Excel.”

President’s Medal recipients

The 2016 Lloydminster campus President’s Medal recipient is Don Shaw, a business administration diploma student who shined in and beyond the classroom. From peer tutor to student member of the Board of Governors, Shaw also sat on several councils and committees. He was also a member of the Business Club and was one of five students on the award-winning Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition team. 

While at Lakeland, Jana MacLeod – an animal heath technology student – excelled in her studies and lab work, as well as various extracurricular activities. The 2016 Vermilion campus President’s Medal recipient was the president of the Agility Club, helped fundraise for the Lloydminster & District SPCA, peer tutored first-year AHT students and worked part-time at the Eastalta Co-op.

For their leadership and involvement within the college and community, Shaw and MacLeod were recognized with the 2016 President’s Medal.

Top marks

Being part of the Rustlers Rodeo Team, being able to board her horse on campus and take the lead in labs are the top three highlights of Shelby Robbins’ Lakeland College experience.

This Class of 2016 grad excelled in the animal health technology (AHT) program – so much so, that Robbins is the 2016 Governor General’s Academic Medal recipient – which means she has the highest average at Lakeland College. Robbins is the fifth AHT student to receive the Governor General's Academic Medal.

Distinguished recognition

Members of the Lakeland’s alumni family and the local community were also lauded for their achievements. During the convocation ceremonies, Laryssa Whittaker, Class of ’91, and Edmund Lefsrud, Class of ’65, were recognized as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni; Ross Ulmer and Jean Paré were presented with honorary degrees as the 2016 Distinguished Citizens.

“It’s an honour to have them all as wonderful role models for our graduates,” said Wainwright-Stewart.

Photo albums of the Lloydminster and Vermilion convocation ceremonies are available on the Lakeland College Canada Facebook and on Flickr. Grad photos are also posted on the Lakeland College Alumni Facebook page.

Photos: Convocation ceremonies were held at both the Vermilion and Lloydminster campuses for the Class of 2016 graduates. From the top, Two Vermilion graduates celebrate following the morning convocation ceremony on June 3; Janine Pecoro received a business administration diploma with a real estate appraisal and assessment major on May 27 at the Lloydminster campus; graduates from the sign language interpretation program signed "Lakeland" prior to the morning Vermilion convocation ceremony; graduates proudly toss their caps into the air following the Lloydminster ceremony.
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
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

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.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree