A big congratulations to the BCIT Graduating Class of Summer 2021!
BCIT graduates took part in the virtual ceremony, along with their families, friends, peers, and mentors who came together to celebrate their fantastic achievements.
The ceremony included congratulatory messages from leaders, faculty, and special guests across the BCIT community, which acknowledged the graduates for their doubly important accomplishment of completing their BCIT credential during a global pandemic.
BCIT President Kathy Kinloch applauded graduates for their focus and perseverance during such a trying time and reminded them of the opportunities which lie ahead.
“Although today’s acknowledgement is virtual, you are not alone – almost 3,000 students will also celebrate a new BCIT credential today. Today is our third virtual convocation since the pandemic began, and you are one of almost 10,000 BCIT students to achieve your credential during the pandemic. And, fingers crossed, we hope you are the last and will emerge into a rapidly recovering and expanding world of opportunities.”
Kory Wilson, Executive Director of BCIT Indigenous Initiatives, said that graduates should be proud of their hard work and resilience, and that they now have an opportunity to make a positive impact going forward.
“As a graduate of BCIT, you are bound for exciting careers that have limitless potential, and it is my hope that you remain aware of the challenges our society and the world face, and that you shine your light on reconciliation, racism, inequality, and that you make your part of the world bright, and strive for a better, more inclusive society.”
There were also celebratory remarks from the Honourable Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and Dan Reader, Chair, BCIT Board of Governors.
Keynote speaker Dr. Clive Beddoe, Principal Founder, and past Chairman and CEO, WestJet Airlines was presented with a BCIT Honorary Doctorate of Technology, for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian aviation industry, and other entrepreneurial achievements.
BCIT Alumni Association President Emil Bosnjak also praised the Summer 2021 graduates, warmly welcoming them to join the over 190,000 BCIT alumni who are making an impact in industries across the world.
Valedictorian Clara Wong, a graduate of the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration program, delivered a rousing address to her fellow graduates, congratulating them for their resilience.
There were even impromptu appearances from BCIT’s (unofficial) mascot, Russell B. Crow, and former (now retired) mascot, the Cougar.
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Be sure to check out the Summer 2021 BCIT Convocation Ceremony video and visit BCIT Convocation for more information on the BCIT Alumni Association, graduate services, BCIT branded merchandise, and more.