Convocation 2021

Thank you for joining us at virtual Convocation! We were pleased to see so many of our grads joining from home with their families, and using the Socio platform to engage with one another. We hope you enjoyed the ceremony, videos, messages, social media filters and other exciting virtual opportunities to celebrate your accomplishments and connect with your classmates. 

Below you'll find links to the ceremony recordings, congratulatory videos, a letter from the Premier and the Edmonton Journal feature so you can experience your favourite parts of Convocation again or share them with loved ones. You can also view information about this year's Honourary Degree recipients. 

On June 5, we celebrated

12,196 students

from the 2020 and 2021 classes

Congratulations from the Premier

Hon Jason Kenny, Premier of Alberta wrote a letter to the NAIT class of 2021, congratulating you on all you have accomplished. Take a moment to read his remarks. 

Download the letter

Virtual ceremony recordings

Convocation goes by so quickly, but with these recordings of your virtual ceremonies, you can re-live the experience or share it with family and friends. 

Messages from the NAIT community

Dignitaries, NAIT staff, alumni and more also wanted to extend their congratulations on this important milestone. We stitched their heartfelt messages together for you!

View the video messages

A special Edmonton Journal feature

Our 2021 graduating class will be featured in the Edmonton Journal on Monday, June 7, 2021. Our 2020 graduating class was featured on Saturday, June 6, 2020. 

View the 2020 Edmonton Journal feature View the 2021 Edmonton Journal feature

High level bridge lit up for Convocation

High Level Bridge lighting

On Friday, June 4, the High Level Bridge was lit up in NAIT blue in honour of our grads!

We loved seeing so many grads and their loved ones driving by to check out  this beautiful display celebrating their accomplishments. 

 


Notes from family, friends and more

We set up a Kudoboard where the faculty members you've come to know, your loved ones, and others could share notes and pictures celebrating your time at NAIT. 

Download a PDF of the Kudoboard

SnapBar photo gallery

The selfies and photos you shared using our Convocation filters, as well as the pictures you uploaded of you in your gown made this event so special! 

View the photo gallery

Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals that have provided a significant contribution to the local, national or international community. This year's recipients have made outstanding impacts in our community, which you can read about in their bios. 

 

Shane Chartrand

Photo of Shane Chartrand

Read Shane's bio

Linda Hughes

Photo of Linda Hughes

Read Linda's bio

Daryl McIntyre

Photo of Daryl McIntyre

Read Daryl's bio

Dr. Ray Rajotte

Photo of Ray Rajotte

Read Dr. Rajotte's bio

Governor General's Academic Medal

Established in 1873, the Governor General's Medal is one of the most prestigious awards for academic achievement in Canada. The collegiate bronze medal is awarded at the post-secondary diploma level. 

 

Photo of Danine Noble

Danine Noble

This year's recipient is Danine Noble, an alum of the Digital Media and IT program, with a focus in Web Design and Development. Join us in congratulating Danine for this incredible achievement!

Read Danine's bio

2020/21 Photo Gallery

The classes of 2020 and 2021 should be proud of their accomplishments and the education they received at NAIT, and especially for persevering during the pandemic “when the world ground to a halt,” said president and CEO Laura Jo Gunter.

“As Alberta recovers, there is an opportunity to reimagine its future for the better. This is your time.”

NAIT convocation: Classes of 2020 and 2021 in pictures

To celebrate a remarkable two years, we’re pleased to share moments captured by our photo team.   View photos

Grad stories

Grad builds on her skills by tapping creative energy

When the pandemic put the world on standstill in spring 2020, Megan Culbert was one of the thousands of Albertans left out of work and pondering what was next.

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How a life-changing injury led a veteran tradesperson back to NAIT

Richard Baty believes that life truly begins outside your comfort zone of routine and familiarity. Little did he know, however, that his own life would start anew in a place of such discomfort.

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Grad puts ultramarathon lessons to work in completing diploma

Conway Belcourt’s love of running propelled him toward Personal Fitness Trainer program

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Student’s experiences shape desire to design barrier-free buildings

For Levi Lawton, a light switch that’s installed too high on a wall is one more barrier and reminder that some buildings are not designed with him or accessibility in mind.

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