Friends, family, staff and professors came together in Winnipeg on the last Sunday of April to honour Booth University College’s most recent graduates. In all, 126 students graduated, with 61 of them in attendance at the convocation ceremony to receive their certificate or degree.

“This is one of my favourite weekends of the year,” declared Commissioner Susan McMillan, territorial commander and chancellor of Booth University College, “to be able to come here and see all of our graduands receive their degrees and certificates. You sit here as a group of powerhouses ready to go out and make a difference in the world.”

“Today, you will formally transition from student to graduate with the opportunity to reflect on the commitments that have brought you to today,” said Dr. Marjory Kerr, president of Booth University College. “Sometime in the next week or two, I encourage you to take time to consider those commitments that will continue to guide, inform and sustain you through all of the opportunities that will come next for you. We are excited to watch and see what that will look like and the impact that you will have, and we know that you will continue to contribute to shaping the world as we know it.”

After the students received their degrees, Commissioner McMillan presented the Chancellor’s Medal to bachelor of arts graduate Dylan Brauner. Bachelor of arts graduate Lieutenant Adriane Cartmell, corps officer at Hillcrest Community Church in London, Ont., was awarded the General’s Medal.

“Booth University College has given us an amazing foundation,” valedictorian and bachelor of social work graduate Patricia Braun told her fellow students. “We have been given scholarly professors who have challenged us academically and influenced us by their examples. As a result of this solid foundation, we now have the opportunity to grow into something great.

“I challenge all of us to be courageous as we move forward, to always get back up each time we fall down,” Braun continued. “The best of life happens when we push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, so lean into what we have learned. And I challenge all of us to continue to grow, to continue to learn, and to step into our careers with the understanding that we don’t know everything yet, but we are a determined group who will persevere to reach our God-given potential.”

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