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RDC celebrates graduates and award recipients online this year

Date posted: 
Fri, 06/05/2020
Convocation 2020

In-person ceremony to take place in June 2021  

While COVID-19 prevents Red Deer College from celebrating its 56th Convocation in-person this June, the College will be celebrating online through its social media channels.

“There are 1,654 graduates from Red Deer College this year, and they have each succeeded in achieving an incredibly important, life-changing milestone with their graduation,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, President. “Nothing can take that away from them, not a pandemic and not the postponement of their Convocation ceremonies. That’s why we’re sharing congratulations through our social media platforms throughout June and especially June 5 – the originally scheduled Convocation day – to create a feeling of community and celebration for our graduates.”

On June 5, RDC is announcing two outstanding students who are being recognized for their exceptional contributions to academics and to the community. Megan Nikula is receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) for her academic excellence. Nikula is graduating with a Kinesiology and Sport Studies Diploma, and she earned a GPA of 4.0 and five grades of A+ in the final year of her program.  

Brittany Lausen is receiving the Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award for her leadership and commitment to RDC. Lausen has demonstrated extensive contributions as a student leader, serving as the President of the Students’ Association and being an integral part of a wide variety of initiatives for students across the College. 

RDC is continuing an important tradition this year, with the granting of an Honorary Degree to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of social, cultural or economic development in a way that has had significant impact on RDC, central Alberta and beyond. Dorothy Dickson is the sixth recipient of the Honorary Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in recognition of her unparalleled passion for environmental initiatives, education and community building.

“It’s always meaningful to recognize award recipients as part of Convocation celebrations. Our student recipients have demonstrated excellence and achievements at the outset of their education and careers, and this is part of the foundation of success they will build upon throughout their lives,” says Nunoda. “Dorothy Dickson, our Honorary Degree recipient, has served as a community leader, educator and advocate for decades, and now – in her 90s – she continues to be passionate about her life’s work. She is an inspiration for all of our graduates and for all of us, as community members.” 

Looking beyond social media congratulations, Red Deer College is excited to celebrate Convocation with this year’s graduates in person. The College is planning this celebration for Convocation week next year, which will be the first week of June 2021. The exact details, including the date and time, are still being determined and will be shared in the coming months. This year’s graduates will be contacted with the details, and information will also be available at and on RDC’s social media channels (FacebookInstagramTwitter)

For a complete look at RDC's 56th Convocation, please view the Convocation 2020 program

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For additional information contact:
Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate
Shelley [dot] Newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
Brent [dot] Forster [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca