The board chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games received an honorary degree at Red Deer College’s 55th convocation Friday.
Lyn Radford was the fifth recipient of the honorary bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree in recognition of her dedication as a community builder and leader.
“Growing community is such an important part of who I am. Education is one of the most important elements of a community and of my life,” said Radford.
“This honour, which has been bestowed upon me, has both surprised me and humbled me. But I graciously accept on behalf of the thousands of community members who stood alongside of me and brought to life all the visions and achievements I have been part of.”
In addition to serving as board chair of the games, Radford was the chairperson of the 2006 Alberta Summer Games in Red Deer and served on the RDC board of governors.
More than 600 of the 1,668 eligible RDC graduates were expected to cross the stage throughout Friday’s morning and afternoon ceremonies.
RDC president and CEO Joel Ward said everyone at the college is “incredibly proud” of the graduates.
“Convocation is special, as it allows students to celebrate with their friends, families and classmates on our main campus – it creates a feeling of community at the hub of our RDC community,” said Ward.
Two students were recognized for their exceptional contributions to academics and to the community.
During the morning ceremony, the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) was presented to Svetlana Palmer.
The academic excellence that Palmer achieved included six grades of A+ and a GPA of 4.0 in the final year of her legal assistant diploma.
In the afternoon ceremony, the Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award was presented to Robin Chiles for her leadership and commitment to RDC.