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Providence Graduation 2013

Every spring, Providence graduates leave their alma mater to embark on the next journey in life. A commencement and degree-granting ceremony was held on the Otterburne campus for the Theological Seminary on April 20th and the University College on the 21st of April. A combined one hundred graduates, granted bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees, participated in both ceremonies in the Jubilee Auditorium.

Winnipeg Chief of Police, Devon Clunis, himself a seminary alumnus, addressed the ceremony and delivered a message to graduates. In his speech, Chief Clunis encouraged graduates to live a Christian life in the secular world. Clunis, a 25-year veteran who is also the police service chaplain, was sworn in as the city's 17th police chief in November of 2012. Clunis began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1987 and has served in all major areas of the organization including uniform patrol, traffic, plainclothes investigation, community relations, organizational development, and duty office, as well as a number of administrative leadership positions.

The Seminary conferred degrees on thirty-eight students at the ceremony on Saturday morning, including nine different majors. Also included in the ceremony was an Alumnus of the Year Award, given this year to Major Greg Costen. Russell Doerksen, of Arborg, Manitoba, gave the Seminary Valedictorian Address.

A total of sixty-two University College students from eighteen majors participated in the Commencement Exercises last Sunday, April 21st at Providence. In addition, the University College honored alumna of the year, Wilma Arnold-Hebert and Terry LeBlanc with the Distinguished Christian Leader award. Jordan Siemens of Horndean, Manitoba, gave this years University College Valedictorian Address.

Amongst the graduating classes were thirteen international students who were presented with certificate of recognition of behalf of the honorable Mr. Vic Toews, Member of Parliament for Provencher.

President David Johnson presided over the ceremony. School leaders granted degrees to graduates, pulled the tassels on graduates’ academic regalia, took photos with them, and sent them off with best wishes.

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