Graduates celebrate academic milestone A20 NEWS/NORTH NWT, Monday, May 4, 2015 photo stories Northern News Services Thebacha/Fort Smith Aurora College Thebacha campus in Fort Smith became headquarters for celebration on April 24. Thirty-two graduates from Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith were recognized at annual convocation ceremonies, along with five who completed their studies in office administration at the Hay River Community Learning Centre. The graduates came from 15 different communities in the NWT, along with Ottawa and even the African country Destiny Heaven Martin of Fort Smith was left carrying an armload of balloons from friends and relatives offering congratulations on her new certificate in business administration. photo stories NEWS/NORTH NWT, Monday, May 4, 2015 A21 COLLEGE Feature by Paul Bickford of Cameroon. They received certificates, diplomas or degrees in a variety of areas of study – environment and natural resources technology, office administration, business administration, early childhood development, social work and education. Among the dignitaries on hand to congratulate the graduates were NWT Commissioner George Tuccaro, and Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty. This year's graduating class was overwhelmingly female. There were just three men among the 37 graduates. With a certificate in office administration in hand, Karen Lafferty of Hay River receives a congratulatory hug from Ken Latour, the college's regional program head for the Akaitcho and South Slave. Lafferty and four others completed their studies at the Hay River Community Learning Centre. Savannah Fortier of Fort Smith gets a congratulatory kiss from her father after accepting a certificate in office administration. George Lee Mandeville of Yellowknife is congratulated by Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty. Mandeville completed a diploma program in environment and natural resources technology. Behchoko's Tyanna Steinwand, who received a diploma in environment and natural resources technology, was the valedictorian for the graduating ceremonies. After being presented with a certificate in office administration, Priscilla Blackduck of Behchoko is greeted with a double hug by two sons – Zamie Blackduck, left, and Cameo Blackduck. Theresa Snowbird Kakfwi of Colville Lake beams will happiness after receiving a Bachelor of Education degree.
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