Jun 8, 2021

Vancouver, BC – Langara College’s virtual Convocation Ceremony was held on June 7, 2021 at langara.ca/grad2021 to honour the class of 2021. 

President Lane Trotter delivered a heartfelt message of congratulations and conferred this year’s credentials. The ceremony celebrated a record number of graduates – over 3,300 from 150 programs – who completed their programs and were granted bachelor's degrees, post-degree diplomas, post-degree certificates, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and citations. 

The virtual celebration featured convocation address from Dr. Réka Gustafson, Vice-President, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health Officer; well wishes from Nk'xetko, Mary Jane Joe, Elder-in-Residence; and a performance from Tsatsu Stalqayu, Coastal Wolfpack. Moira Gookstetter, Director, College Advancement, welcomed our graduates as alumni into the family of Langarans.   

Inspiring messages of congratulations from The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence; the Honourable Minister Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, MLA, Burnaby-Deer Lake; and Michael Lee, MLA Vancouver-Langara were delivered to our graduates. 

Graduate Awards 

Eight of our graduates received awards for their outstanding academic achievements and commitment to community service: 

Langara College Graduate Excellence Award (Certificate)  
Stephanie Burchell 
Certificate iIn Education Assistant 

Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal and Langara College Graduate Excellence Award 
(Arts and Science)  
Declan Burke 
Associate of Arts Degree iIn History  

Langara College Graduate Excellence Award (Career) 
Jo Yee Ho 
Diploma iIn Early Childhood Education  

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy, and Reconciliation 
Cheri Pottinger 
Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology  

President’s Medal for Academic Excellence and Community Service 
Tahira Syed 
Bachelor of Business Administration  

President’s Medal for Academic Excellence and Community Service 
Alanna Tieszen 
Bachelor of Recreation Management  

President’s Medal for Academic Excellence and Community Service 
Keadon Tobin 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing  

Langara College Graduate Excellence Award (Bachelor’s Degree) 
Adam Van Baarsen 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing  

Emeritum Awards 
Emeritum is an honourary title given in celebration of distinguished service to retiring or retired faculty and staff to recognize their outstanding contribution to teaching, research, service, or leadership in an organization. The 2021 Emeritum Award recipients were unveiled at langara.ca/grad2021: 

Wendy Lannard - Director Emerita, Facilities 
Gordon McFarlane - Faculty Emeritus, School of Management 
Dr. Rachel Mines - Faculty Emerita, English 
Dr. John Russell - Faculty Emeritum, Philosophy 
Dr. Jeffrey Webster - Faculty Emeritus, Psychology 

View the 2021 Emeritum Award Recipients video. 

The 2020 Emeritum Award recipients were conferred in June 2020 to Barbara Binns, Faculty Emeritum, Interdisciplinary Studies; Lynn Carter, Faculty Emerita, Social Services; and Duncan McCallum, Director Emeritum, Athletics and Faculty Emeritum, Kinesiology. 

View the 2020 Emeritum Award Recipients video. 

View the commemorative program of Langara's Class of 2021 Convocation Ceremony.  

The Virtual Convocation Ceremony was streamed via Youtube and Facebook, and is available on the Langara website at langara.ca/grad2021. The social media posts of congratulations on Twitter and Instagram tagged with #LangaraGrad2021 will continue to be displayed underneath the video for the month of June. 

About Langara College 
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 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 snəw̓eyəɬ leləm 'house of teachings', a name given to it by Musqueam, on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

Learn more. 
Mark Dawson 
Manager, Public Affairs
Langara College