More than 200 graduate Lakeland

By Geoff Lee

June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPS AND GOWNS Lakeland College grads from the Lloydminster campus listened patiently to speeches before stepping on stage to receive their parchment on May 26. There were 202 grads this year. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

It was smile wide day at the Lloydminster campus of Lakeland College.
Professional and family photographers were everywhere during convocation ceremonies on May 26, to capture the highlight moments.
“It’s a fantastic day,” said Alice Wainwright-Stewart, Lakeland’s president prior to the start.
She noted 202 students were graduating from degree, diploma and certificate programs with 116 in attendance.
“It’s not a record number, but it’s a good number,” she said.
About 505 students will graduate during convocation at the Vermilion campus on Friday.
New this year at the Lloydminster campus was a First Nations opening prayer by elder Henry Lewis, followed by an honour song by the Pipestone Creek Singers from Onion Lake Cree Nation.
“Last year, we had an honour song which was a direct request of our students, and I think we are just going to have another opportunity to integrate something that our students feel is fairly important,” said Wainwright-Stewart. “We are trying to represent and honour Treaty 6.”
The prayer and song program to be repeated for grads at the Vermilion campus, which is also in recognition of the 66 First Nation student grads last year, with a similar number in 2017.
“The best of the opening is the excitement of success and the potential of these individuals going out into our greater workforce,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
That was certainly the case for students waiting back stage, like Kayla Andersen, a graduate of business administration with an accounting major.
“I’m super excited to graduate from Lakeland College,” she said.
Her job plans are on hold as she plans to move this fall, then come back and find a job in the next year or so.
“I am super excited to get to work in accounting and do books for different businesses,” she said.
Her mom, Kari Heinemann-Andersen graduated from Lakeland in 1986, and was on hand to see her get a diploma along with her dad and sister.
Skyler Watchel, another business administration accounting major, was equally pumped to graduate with his parents and extended relatives on hand.
“It’s pretty awesome; it’s been quite a long time coming,” he said.
“To graduate with everyone here is awesome.”
Watchel has already started his new job as a financial services rep at CIBC in Lloydminster.
Hairdressing grad Alex Wilcox is working at Chatters in the LloydMall, having completed her six months of class, lab time, and a practicum.
“We learned the basics of hairstyling, colouring, cutting roller sets, all that fun stuff,” she said.
Now that she’s graduated, she said all of the relatives and friends have been calling her.
“They are happy to get free haircuts that’s for sure,” she said with a laugh.
Her mom and stepdad travelled all the way from Ontario, where she left four years ago, to see her graduate.
Kendall Stewart, a graduate of business administration was awarded the president’s medal for academic excellence and leadership in student activities.
Another president’s medal will be presented to Casey Finstad, a graduate of animal science technology at the Vermilion campus graduation ceremony.
Lloydminster businessman, Ken Kay from Agland was awarded an honorary bachelor of business degree for his business acumen and community service.
His advice to graduates is to jump right in and get involved.
“Everything changes so fast that you are going to have to continue to learn to get ahead and be successful” he said.
Scott Musgrave, an executive and shareholder within the Musgrave group of companies in Lloydminster received a distinguished alumni award.

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