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As COVID-19 restrictions ease, it’s back to in-person convocation ceremonies at Camosun College—and this year, it’s the biggest ceremonies the school has ever seen.

That’s because outgoing Camosun grads are grabbing their caps and gowns and gearing up to celebrate convocation amongst their peers this month, welcoming back preceding classes that missed out on the experience.

After the pandemic put a damper on things in recent years, 2020 and 2021 alumni will be joining the 2022 graduating class at ceremonies happening June 14th to 16th at the Interurban Campus in Saanich.

With celebrations less than a month away, Camosun president Lane Trotter says “excitement is mounting.”

Trotter notes it’s his first time attending convocation at the college and finds students have shown remarkable resilience amid “many disruptions.”

Together, the triple cohort will be taking the stage throughout six ceremonies, with two each day—totalling around 1,500 in-person graduates, says communications strategist Katie McGroarty.

“Convocation is a highlight of the year for students, faculty and staff … it’s an incredible feeling to be able to celebrate the achievements of students with families, friends and champions,” McGroarty told Victoria Buzz.

While a virtual ceremony happened last year and the year before that, McGroarty says it wasn’t quite the same for students—who, like everyone else, have overcome hurdles during the pandemic.

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