Grads honoured at Aurora College

photo courtesy of Jayne Murray, Aurora College Savanna Fabian, left, of K'atlodeeche First Nation is presented with a certificate in early childhood development from Aurora College president Jane Arychuk during graduation ceremonies on April 22 in Fort Smith.

photo courtesy of Jayne Murray, Aurora College
Savanna Fabian, left, of K’atlodeeche First Nation is presented with a certificate in early childhood development from Aurora College president Jane Arychuk during graduation ceremonies on April 22 in Fort Smith.

Students from Hay River and K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) were among those honoured on April 22 during the spring convocation at Aurora College’s Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith.

Jack Jensen of Hay River received a diploma in environment and natural resources technology.

KFN’s Diane Tourangeau was presented a certificate for completing the aboriginal language and cultural instructor program.

And KFN’s Savanna Fabian received a certificate in early childhood development.

Crystal Marie McArthur of Hay River also earned a certificate in early childhood development, although she did not attend the graduation ceremonies.

In all, Thebacha Campus celebrated the success of 26 students from 13 NWT communities at the ceremony.

Degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded from the schools of Arts and Science, Business and Leadership, and Education.

The graduates were congratulated by a number of dignitaries, including NWT Commissioner George Tuccaro and Education, Culture and Employment Minister Alfred Moses.

Aurora College president Jane Arychuk is proud of the class of 2016.

“I applaud your courage to pursue your dreams, and I congratulate you on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Arychuk in a news release. “Thank you for choosing Aurora College to achieve your goals. We are honoured to share this educational journey with you.”

Convocation ceremonies for the Yellowknife North Slave Campus will be held on April 30 and at the Aurora Campus in Inuvik on May 6.

–Paul Bickford