800 Okanagan College graduates walking the stage today

Graduates walking the stage

Hundreds of Okanagan College graduates will be walking the stage today at the school’s first convocation ceremonies of the year.

Amanda Jones, a Penticton mother of two and owner of McPhail Kilt Makers, is one of those graduates. She juggled a return to classroom with supporting a family and running a business during the pandemic.

Graduation has been a long-awaited moment for her.

“After graduating high school, I devoted my attention to raising my family and growing a business,” explains Jones. “But over the years I’ve always had my eye on continuing my education – it was just a matter of finding the right place and the right time. I love literature, and so in 2020 I decided to go for it and pursue that passion.”

The Associate of Arts grad said the entire experience at Okanagan College has been encouraging.

“My professors and fellow students were so supportive, which made stepping back into the classroom so much easier,” adds Jones. “It reminded me that we should never stop learning. Learn is a lifelong journey and I’m so glad I made the decision to attend OC – it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.”

The college will recognize 800 graduates at two ceremonies in Kelowna on Saturday:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Science, Technology and Health Programs
  • 1:30 p.m. – Arts and Business Programs

The ceremonies will be held in the Centre for Learning (E building) atrium at the Kelowna Campus, 1000 KLO Rd, and will also be livestreamed on the College’s YouTube channel.

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