Approximately 1,500 BCIT students become BCIT graduates this week during the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s 2018 spring convocation ceremonies. They join a renowned group of over 175,000 BCIT alumni who—for over 50 years—have contributed meaningfully to the social, economic, and environmental prosperity of British Columbia.
Congratulations to all our graduates, their families, friends, and instructors.
Photos and video from each of the five ceremonies is available below. To access individual graduate photos, please visit order.mountainwest.ca, and enter your email address along with this code: BCIT2018. The photos will be available within one week of your graduation date. Don’t forget to check out the photos taken at the Gold Fish photobooth.
Wednesday, June 20 — 9:00 a.m. ceremony [full video]
Our first ceremony celebrated graduates from the Marketing Management, Accounting, Finance, and Insurance programs in the BCIT School of Business.
Keynote speaker Sue Paish, Q.C., CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster, was recognized with a BCIT Honorary Doctorate of Technology, given to individuals who are widely acknowledged for outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise.
She told the graduating class: “For people like me in the outside world who are constantly looking for the best talent around the globe, we know that at BCIT you have benefited from exceptional teaching, relevant programming, visionary leadership, industry engagement and an institution that’s involved in the community.”
“We also know that because of the way BCIT runs its programs you’re results-oriented, you’re hardworking, you’re a multi-tasker, you’re determined, you’re resilient, you’re trustworthy and you’re honest,” she added. Watch the full video of Sue’s speech below.
The valedictorian for the ceremony was Quinton Silzer, graduating with his Diploma of Technology in Accounting.
Check out the photos from the June 20 morning ceremony on Flickr.
Wednesday, June 20 — 1:30 p.m. ceremony [full video]
Keynote speaker Jill Tipping, President and CEO, BC Tech Association, talked to the graduating class about what she called, “the what, the who, and the why.”
“I encourage you to choose your ‘why’ carefully. Make your passion your work and your work your passion. Never stop trying to have a positive impact on the world,” she said.
Watch Jill’s full speech, below.
The valedictorian for the ceremony was Dean Tamboline, graduating with his Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. View the photos from the June 20 afternoon ceremony on Flickr.
Thursday, June 21 — 9:00 a.m. ceremony [full video]
Students from the Broadcast and Media Communications, Digital Arts, Business Management, Business Operations, and Human Resources celebrated their graduation at the June 21 morning ceremony.
“You have my sincere admiration,” said BCIT President Kathy Kinloch to graduates in her welcoming remarks. “Congratulations to all of you, and to everyone who has made today possible.”
Keynote speaker Rick Cluff, Journalist and Communications Consultant, spoke to the audience about the transformative power of saying “yes” during his distinguished broadcasting career, most of it spent at the CBC. Watch Rick’s full speech below.
The valedictorian for the ceremony was Phillip H. Lee, graduating with his Diploma of Technology in International Business Management. View photos from the June 21 morning ceremony on Flickr.
Thursday, June 21 – 1:30 p.m. ceremony [full video]
Keynote speaker Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, advised graduates, “make your future about something that is bigger than yourself,” he said. “It may be a big thing. It may be an opportunity that you suddenly find yourself having the opportunity to pursue at work, where you literally are part of a project that can touch and even change the world and you find yourself doing that. That too will be a magical moment. But many days it won’t be as grandiose as that. But don’t for a moment think that you’re living in a world where you can’t do something to help someone else…never underestimate the ability you have to shine a light and improve someone else’s day.” Watch the full video of Brad’s speech below:
Our valedictorian for this ceremony was Megan Euverman, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Friday, June 22 – 9:00 a.m. [full video]
Honorary Doctorate of Technology recipient and keynote speaker David Tuccaro, President and CEO, Tuccaro Group of Companies, told the audience that BCIT does a good job of preparing its students. “They
focus on the areas of demand so that students can take advantage of full-time positions in specialized areas in the economy. BCIT graduates can take that diploma anywhere in the world,” he said.
Watch the full video of David’s speech below:
The valedictorian for our final ceremony was Justin Perry, who graduated with a Diploma of Technology in Forest and Natural Areas Management.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018!