RDC celebrates student success and achievements at 53rd Convocation Ceremonies

Date posted: 
Mon, 06/05/2017
Red Deer College celebrated its 53rd Convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 2, with more than 580 out of 1,900 eligible graduates crossing the stage to celebrate their achievements. Special guest, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt, attended to congratulate the graduates.
“Red Deer College has a proud tradition of delivering quality, practical education which provides students with the essential skills to succeed in their careers and make valuable contributions to our province and country,” says Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education. “Today’s graduates will be the leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow. I wish them continued success in all their future endeavours.”
At RDC’s 53rd Convocation, an Honorary Degree was presented to Dr. Bernie Pauly in recognition for her unparalleled contributions to health care, to training the next generation of nursing students and to supporting people who are marginalized. Dr. Pauly began her professional journey as a Nursing Diploma student at RDC, and she later instructed in the program. Since then, she has gone on to become a leader across Canada in nursing education and research, with a focus on reducing health inequities in society. She also shares her knowledge, findings and expertise with colleagues around the globe.
“Red Deer College is proud to bestow this honour upon Dr. Pauly,” says Morris Flewwelling, RDC Board Chair. “Throughout her notable career, she has demonstrated an absolute and total commitment to making a difference in health care, and she embodies the values that are symbolized by a Red Deer College Honorary Degree.”
Two outstanding students were also recognized for their exceptional contributions to academics and to the community. During the morning ceremony, the Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award was presented to Ben Fleury for his leadership and commitment to RDC. 
“This Award acknowledges a student who has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the College and the community,” says Holly Dickson, Chair of RDC’s Foundation Board. “With his tremendous contributions as a student leader and his extensive work to support the needs of both current and future students, Ben is a very deserving recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Student Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship presented by the Red Deer College Foundation.” 
During RDC’s afternoon Convocation ceremony, the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) was presented by Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer-Mountain View to Kelsie Bakker. Bakker had the highest academic standing of all RDC students this year, as she completed the final year of her diploma-level post-secondary program in Business Administration. 
“The Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal represents outstanding scholarly achievement that speaks to dedication and hard work on the part of the student,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President, Academic. “It is a privilege to see a deserving student be presented with this Award each year, and Kelsie Bakker’s academic record sets her apart, making her a worthy recipient of this medal.”
Additional details about Convocation are available at www.rdc.ab.ca/convocation.