Jun 20, 2019

Vancouver, BC – Langara College’s convocation ceremonies are being held June 20-21 and at the Orpheum Theatre. In four ceremonies over two days, over 1,400 graduates will cross the stage to be conferred with bachelor degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations, and post-degree diplomas and certificates.

Langara will also confer the 2019 Emeritus Awards celebrating distinguished service. Emeritus is an honourary title given to retiring or retired faculty or professional staff to recognize their outstanding contribution to teaching, service, or leadership in an organization. This year’s recipients are:

Deanna Douglas, Vice-President Emerita, Administration and Finance

Deanna Douglas became Langara’s first Bursar when the College gained independence in 1994. She was instrumental in developing Langara’s first administrative team. Working collaboratively within the organization, Deanna’s expertise in financial planning and monitoring led Langara to a strong position of financial sustainability with a foundation for future growth. She was a key player in the development of the 25-year campus masterplan. Prior to retirement in 2013, Deanna held the positions of Vice-President, Administration and Finance, and Vice-President, Enrolment Management.

Cheryl McKeeman, Faculty Emerita, Mathematics and Statistics

Throughout Cheryl McKeeman’s 37 years of service, she was instrumental in shaping the Langara Faculty Association, championing the rights of students, and mentoring successors. She developed and taught courses in statistics and mathematics and incorporated applied data analysis and real-life data-collection projects to ensure students became informed consumers of data. Cheryl played a foundational role in building and maintaining a culture of collegiality, cooperation, and collaboration amongst faculty and management at Langara.

Peter Norwood, Faculty Emeritus, Langara School of Management

Peter Norwood is an innovative and engaged educator who helped expand Langara’s degree offerings by spearheading the creation of the Bachelor of Business Administration. He was the first Department Chair of the Langara School of Management. Peter also guided the development of Langara’s curriculum to support Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Canada’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance. He is the recipient of the CPA Canada Volunteer Award, the Ritchie McCloy Award for Volunteerism, and Langara’s Leadership Excellence Award.

Each of the ceremonies is broadcast live on Langara’s Youtube channel and the Langara Facebook page.

About Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as 'house of teachings', a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49, an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.

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Wendy Weston

Communications Officer