Our deepest sympathies go out to all those impacted by the legacy of residential schools.
Okanagan College will be hosting virtual convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. Return to this page on the day of your ceremony to watch the video, send a grad a congratulatory message in the guestbook or send a gift to a grad.
Ceremony programs are available to download in the ceremony sections below or you can request a printed copy to be mailed to you.
Missed a ceremony? View previous virtual ceremonies online.
Celebrating the impact of student awards
Many students graduating this year will have received student awards to support their education. We celebrate this support which empowers students to follow their dreams and we encourage our graduates to pay it forward in their own way.
Watch the video below to see the impact of student awards from past recipients and learn what giving means to donors.
The Okanagan College Foundation congratulates all of the students on their incredible achievements and thanks donors for supporting the transformative power of education.
Academic Achievement Awards 2021
Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation
Girouard, a Bachelor of Business Administration student, became the first OC student to ever receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation.
Girouard, who identifies as Métis, forged a bond with an Indigenous peer in her second year of studies over their shared curiosity to learn more about their respective cultures. This peer was later instrumental in encouraging Girouard to take the leap towards cultural reconnection. After winning a bursary to attend the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit (IWLS), Girouard recognized that she wasn’t the only individual who felt disconnected from her culture.
“I never thought I was Indigenous enough to be involved in my own culture, but at the summit I learned I wasn’t the only Indigenous person who felt that way. That shared experience made me realize I could use my power and privilege, combined with the skills I was learning in my education, to do something about it.”
Congrats from the OCAA
You are now part of the Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA).
The OCAA offers benefits and networking opportunities to OC graduates and celebrates them by sharing their stories and recognizing their achievements through awards such as the Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards.
Check out exclusive OC alumni benefits.
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Buy a grad a gift
Purchase a souvenir of graduation or celebrate your favourite graduate with these gifts. Options include diploma frames, OC branded apparel and alumni socks.
Send a grad flowers
Use code OCGRAD to receive a discount on a long-lasting bouquet from Callia. This Canadian, female-founded flower company is partnering exclusively with Okanagan College to give our grads a discount on a beautiful bouquet that can be delivered to many cities across Canada including Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and more. Check site for details.
Okanagan College respectfully acknowledges that our Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon campuses are located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people, and our Salmon Arm campus is located on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc.