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College convocation celebration pivots in pandemic

Graduate looks toward MHC.
June 8, 2020

Medicine Hat College (MHC) prepares to celebrate the success of its graduates this week by hosting a drive-thru style convocation event on Friday, June 12, 2020.

The class of 2020 includes 545 graduates from certificate, diploma and degree programs and an additional 106 trades students. With the suspension of face-to-face classes in mid-March, MHC students and faculty, like those across the province, were forced to move learning into an online environment. Given the exceptional circumstances of their final weeks at MHC and the hard work, dedication, and resiliency needed to see their program through, this year’s class is particularly deserving of special recognition.

“We are so proud of what our students have accomplished during their time here at MHC and look forward to seeing some of them back on campus this week as we recognize and celebrate their success,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, president and CEO of Medicine Hat College.

That recognition will come in the form of a drive-thru convocation package pick-up. Graduates have been invited to return to the college to pick up their parchment, cap and tassel, and other convocation mementos which will be delivered to their window. Those without a vehicle, or using public transit, are welcome to walk up to the pickup point.

With appropriate social distancing guidelines observed, faculty and staff will line the college roadways and applaud graduates as they enter and exit the college grounds.

The first of the timeslots will see graduates from the Arts, Education, Business and Trades programs receive their convocation package from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., with Science and Health program graduates to follow from 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Graduates who are not able to attend Friday’s event will receive their items in the mail.

The official convocation ceremony for 2020 graduates that was postponed due to COVID-19 will be celebrated at the Canalta Centre at 9:30 a.m. on June 11, 2021. Convocation award winners – including the 2020 Student of the Year, Instructor of the Year, Governor General’s Academic Medal and Honorary Applied Degree – will recognized at the 2021 ceremony and online later this week.

Information about Friday’s convocation package pick-up event can be found here.