In addition to the thrill of seeing about 650 students become alumni as they crossed the stage at Convocation at the Enmax Centre on April 28, guests at this year’s ceremony witnessed a few additional notable moments:
- The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, received an honorary degree. McLachlin, who was born and raised in Pincher Creek, has had a profound influence on the Supreme Court for more than 25 years, since first being appointed in 1989. Named Canada’s 17th chief justice in 2000, she is the first woman to serve as chief justice of Canada’s highest court, and is now the longest-serving chief justice in Canadian history, with a strong history of fighting for Indigenous rights and causes. She announced her retirement a few weeks after the ceremony.
- Father and son duo Julius and Troy Delaney, from the Blood Tribe/Kainai First Nation, gave the inaugural performance of the Lethbridge College Honour Song. The Delaneys, who come from a long line of drummers and singers who carry on the songs of many past spiritual leaders, both attended classes at Lethbridge College.
- The annual Honour Night took place after the ceremony. This event gave the 120 Indigenous convocates the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments with fellow classmates, family members and community members. As students embark on their pursuit of further academic and career goals, this evening also provided an opportunity for convocates to express thanks to their families as well as the services and agencies that have assisted in their educational journey.