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Grad ceremonies include diplomas, feathers and pins for Portage students

The graduation ceremony got underway at 10 a.m. inside the McGrane Theatre at the Portage College Lac La Biche campus.

The week ended at Portage College with two days of graduations, as more than 980 students in 35 programs completed their learning. The ceremonies were broken up into two  days of events through Thursday and Friday at the Lac La Biche campus.

Thursday's Nursing program ceremony saw a sea of white fill the seats of the McGrane Theatre. The graduation began with a traditional pinning ceremony.

Following presentations  by Portage College president Nancy Broadbent and other faculty members, the graduates went up onto the stage one by one, first receiving their pins, followed by caps and diplomas.

Thursday's ceremonies in the health-services programs, along with Aboriginal Teacher Education, was followed on Friday by a full day of ceremonies in the college's gymnasium as more than 950 students from the Lac La Biche, St. Paul and Cold Lake campuses graduated from various programs – including Community Social Work, Fine Arts, Heavy Equipment Operator, Early Learning and Childcare and Culinary Arts – at the post-secondary institution. 

The convocation events included a traditional Indigenous honour ceremony where each Indigenous graduating student received either a symbolic eagle feather or a Métis sash. 

Portage College officials say enrolment in programming across the Lakeland campus locations has almost doubled over the last few years, with further increases and new programming coming in the years ahead. 

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