RDC celebrates graduates and award recipients from class of 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
On June 4, 2021, Red Deer College will celebrate the graduates from its 57th Convocation through a virtual ceremony.
“Convocation is always such an important and emotional time, and that is especially true this year,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, President. “These graduates made the choice to participate and to complete their education, despite formidable odds and circumstances that were undoubtedly different than they had envisioned. By rising to the challenge and earning their credential, each of these graduates has shown incredible resiliency and dedication, and I hope they are truly proud of all they have achieved.”
As part of the virtual ceremony for Convocation 2021, RDC is announcing two special award recipients. Brittany van Vlaanderen is receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) for her academic excellence. Brittany graduated with a Social Work diploma, and she earned a GPA of 4.0 and four grades of A+ in the final year of her program.
RDC is continuing an important tradition this year, with the granting of an Honorary Degree to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of social, cultural or economic development in a way that has had significant impact on RDC, central Alberta and beyond. Danny Rode is the seventh recipient of the Honorary Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in recognition of his 50-year career as a sports journalist, where he has shown astounding commitment to RDC Athletics and our student-athletes, helping to place RDC on the map as one of the best colleges in Canada.
“Recognizing special award recipients is always a meaningful part of Convocation celebrations, and I would like to personally congratulate both of these individuals,” says Nunoda. “Brittany van Vlaanderen has demonstrated excellence and success of the highest level in her program, which is a tremendous way to transition to the next phase of her life and career.”
“Danny Rode, our Honorary Degree recipient, has spent five decades sharing the stories of our student-athletes, coaches and teams. He has earned the reputation as someone who has never missed a home game – in 50 years – which is unheard of, and speaks volumes to his unparalleled dedication to athletics and this community.”
This Convocation represents another special milestone for the College, as the 1,619 graduates from 2021 represent the final class from Red Deer College, before it transitions to its exciting future as a polytechnic institution.
“There is no question that this Convocation is special on several levels,” Nunoda says. “I truly wish that we could gather this year and that I could shake the hands of each and every graduate, so I could tell them how proud I am. Given the circumstances, we have put in every effort to ensure graduates feel our pride and a sense of community through the virtual ceremony and our social media celebration. The class of 2021 represents a milestone in the history of our institution, and they now transition to being an essential part of our vibrant group of alumni.”
The virtual ceremony for RDC’s 57th Convocation, as well as a virtual ceremony celebrating the Class of 2020, are each available at rdc.ab.ca/convocation. The College will be celebrating graduates on our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) throughout the early part of June 2021.
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