1300-plus graduates from Assiniboine, including 220 new nurses

An Assiniboine graduate donning a cap and gown poses for a photo with a family member.
Walkthrough ceremonies give graduates, families an opportunity to celebrate

Assiniboine Community College hosted a series of walkthrough graduation events throughout the week in Winnipeg, Dauphin and Brandon.

Together, these events celebrated the accomplishments of 1,322 graduates from the 2020-21 academic year in addition to some recent fall graduates.

“There is no doubt that the grads walking this year’s modified stage have had a unique college experience, contending with a pandemic for most of their time as students. The efforts of these grads to pursue and complete their education at this time is remarkable, and this resiliency will serve them well in their personal and professional lives to come,” said Mark Frison, president of Assiniboine.

Among the grads invited to these events were 220 nursing diploma graduates.

“Nursing is our largest single program of study, and we are proud to see so many nursing and comprehensive health care aid graduates going to work immediately in the health care field throughout the province. Their drive to choose a career where they help and serve others is commendable and comes at a time when the pandemic has shown us exactly how important these front-line roles are to Manitobans,” added Frison.

This number of nursing grads includes 172 grads from the 2020-21 academic year and another 48 since July.

“I wish great success to the graduates of Assiniboine, as they play a crucial role in moving Manitoba forward,” said Hon. Wayne Ewasko, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration. “These grads have much to be proud of, and in taking the steps to build a better life for themselves and their families, they have also made a tremendous contribution to the future of our province. Assiniboine Community College graduates continue to meet the goals of our Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy, which guides post-secondary institutions to prepare students with the right skills at the right time and support economic recovery and growth in Manitoba.”

This is the second consecutive year that the college has had modified ceremonies to provide graduates and families with the opportunity to celebrate the completion of their studies. The public health environment earlier this year prevented traditional June graduation ceremonies from taking place.

For more on graduation ceremonies: http://assiniboine.net/grad.