OC celebrates Convocation in person next week

By College Relations | May 30, 2022

Keegan Pereira
BCIS graduand, Keegan Pereira

Keegan Pereira will be taking part in a momentous occasion next week, as he and his Okanagan College peers cross the stage at the first in-person Convocation ceremonies to be held at OC since the pandemic began. 

Growing up in the region, Pereira has always known Okanagan College will provide him with the educational opportunities he needed, especially when the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems Degree called to him.

“I heard amazing things about the program,” he says about why he chose OC. “The widespread opportunity between practical and theoretical research at the College was something I was looking for. Similar to Kelowna Secondary School, it has a lot of small class sizes and I prefer the one-on-one, more personal experiences compared to having 100 people in a room.”

Pereira was always drawn to technology in high school: courses in computer programming courses, audio and visual volunteer work for teachers, filming events, and even background work for their Indigenous Graduation Ceremony. 

“Technology has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve always been interested in programming, like learning what actually makes a computer tick. How a processor is essentially a rock that we tricked into doing stuff,” explains Pereira. “It’s interesting to see how it operates and how we work with a computer by telling it what to do.”

The more intimate college environment supported his success. He was always able to go to his professors for advice, and they would occasionally approach him with opportunities.

“They came to me with certain positions such as student researcher. I also worked as a peer mentor and a teaching assistant. I acquired a lot of experience just through those roles alone,” he continued.

Convocation will mean a lot as he crosses across the stage with the friends he made along the way.

“I have always enjoyed working with my peers. One of my favourite experiences at the College was how I’ve acquired so many friends, pretty much the whole class. We would go figure out how to accomplish labs and tackle assignments together,” says Pereira.

“Creating meaningful and high-quality educational opportunities is at the heart of what we do, and Convocation represents the culmination of the student experience at Okanagan College,”  says Dr. Neil Fassina, Okanagan College President.

“We are eager to see graduates apply their newfound skills and knowledge to transform lives and communities throughout the region.”

Pereira and fellow Arts, Science, Technology, Business and Health graduates will be recognized at ceremonies on June 3, 4 and 29 at the Kelowna campus. The ceremony will be the first of the ceremonies that Okanagan College will host this summer. For information about ceremonies and livestream, visit the Convocation and Commencement website.

Tags: Convocation, OC Alumni Association



Sign up for weekly stories


Minister and Mayor open Kelowna’s newest active transportation corridor for riders

June 14, 2022

The Casorso active transportation corridor (ATC) between Raymer Ave. and KLO Rd. is the latest addition to Kelowna’s cycling network and it is now ready for riders. The B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Honourable Rob Fleming, visited Okanagan College to recognize and celebrate the completion of this project. The College is one of the main destinations connected along the Ethel Casorso ATC corridor stretching from Downtown Kelowna to the Pandosy Urban Centre. “Having safe and convenient routes for walking, cycling and acti...

Animation student
Artistic students design future careers in animation

June 7, 2022

Grads of Okanagan College’s Animation Diploma program are finding their skills have never been in higher demand. First- and second-year students showed samples of their artwork and demo reels to industry partners at OC’s annual Animation Industry Night on May 17. “Lots of the work was very professional,” says James Wood, Chair of Okanagan College’s Animation Department. “Our program is short, but intense. The instructors make sure the students have a realistic understanding of what they need do to succeed in a competitive and demanding wo...

JAMK campus
OC Business students embrace international study again

May 30, 2022

Business students from Okanagan College are once again able to travel to Jyväskylä, Finland to experience an international summer school at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences.  Finland’s education system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world.  OC Business Professor Blair Baldwin, who has taught Services Design at JAMK for several summers, says working in Finland has helped him innovate and create new teaching methodologies. “JAMK employs experiential learning across its curriculum,” he says. “They stress critical thinkin...

Enactus 2022
Enactus Okanagan College tops the field, sets sights on national championships

May 27, 2022

Okanagan College students will once again be competing for the Canadian title after qualifying for the Enactus National Exposition with a first-place finish in their league during the semi-final round. Enactus teams at post-secondary institutions across Canada competed virtually earlier this month, and Okanagan College scooped up top position in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge, and runner-up in the Scotiabank Climate Action Challenge for the Unusually Good Food Co. project. It also included national runner-up in Shaw and RBC accelerators...