May 1, 2024

Alumni, Announcements, Student Success

The atmosphere was jubilant and joyful as friends, family, staff and faculty gathered for Booth University College’s 42nd convocation ceremony. The event took place on April 28th at Knox United Church in Winnipeg.

The mood around campus was particularly festive this year as Booth UC officially installed Rev. (Dr.) Rob Fringer as President and Dr. Linda Schwartz as Vice President, Academic and Dean at the morning’s Baccalaureate Service. Their dedication to the institution garnered hope and optimism for what the future holds for Booth UC in the years to come.

The Baccalaureate Service also featured a message from Commissioner Lee Graves, and student reflections from Major Pamela Stanger and Megan Vlok, "When I started my degree I was still in South Africa. It was tough to wake up at 1am for lectures!" said Vlok. "But that’s when I knew it was something I was willing to work hard to achieve, and I did it. I’m grateful for everyone who helped me along the way.

May our impact be felt far beyond these walls and for generations to come!

- Faith Ugwu (BSW/24), Valedictorian

In the afternoon, the focus shifted to the convocation. With members of the board of trustees, representatives from divisional and territorial headquarters, and hundreds of family, friends, and supporters looking on, 88 students graduated and received their certificate or degree.

"Graduating class, congratulations!" declared Scott Gillingham, Mayor of Winnipeg in his convocation address. "All of your work and sacrifices have culminated into this moment of accomplishment."

After further remarks from Winnipeg MLA Tyler Blashko and Valedictorian, Faith Ugwu, Commissioner Lee Graves, Canada and Bermuda’s territorial commander and chancellor of Booth University College, handed out the diplomas and certificates, accompanied by cheers and applause, and the occasional dance across the stage.

After the students received their degrees, Commissioner Graves presented the Chancellor’s Medal to bachelor of arts (behavioural sciences) graduate Mayah Ferguson. Bachelor of arts (biblical & theological studies) graduate Captain Kelly Fifield was awarded the General’s Medal.

"To my fellow graduates, thank you for doing the work and seeing this journey through to the end," declared Ugwu during her valedictory address. "As we transition to the next phase of our lives, let us reflect on the experiences that have shaped us, the challenges that have strengthened us, and the friendships that have enriched us. May our impact be felt far beyond these walls and for generations to come!"

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