Georgian College convocation – a family affair
June 18, 2014

Lindsay and Brittany Peterson, sisters with two years between them, graduated at the same convocation ceremony at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus on Wednesday.

The family stands together, with the two sisters in the middle wearing their blue gowns, at convocation.

Barrie sisters Lindsay and Brittany Peterson graduated at the same convocation ceremony at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus Wednesday June 18, 2014. Their stepfather, Terry Ireland, graduated from Georgian’s Advertising program in 1982. Their mother, Anne Johnson, graduated from Georgian’s Nursing program in 1987. Both were so proud to see Lindsay (left) and Brittany (right) cross the stage to get their diplomas today.

Their mother and stepfather, also Georgian graduates, proudly cheered them on as they crossed the stage to get their diplomas from President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes.

“Convocation feels like the beginning of the rest of my life,” says Brittany, who is 23 years old. “It’s a huge accomplishment made even more special because my sister is graduating with me.”

The sisters hadn’t planned on graduating together. Brittany took some time after high school to settle on her current career path, resulting in what they agree is a happy coincidence.

“We’re really close, because it’s just the two of us kids in our family,” adds Lindsay, who is 21. “And we’re also really close with our mom, who graduated from the Nursing program in 1987, so today is kind of like coming full circle.”

The sisters, born and raised in Barrie, chose Georgian because of its great reputation, small classes sizes, and proximity to home. Both particularly enjoyed their “awesome” professors and appreciated the experience and networks they gained on their co-op terms.

Lindsay, who studied Tourism and Travel, is currently working at the Nottawasaga Inn golf course, where she did her first Georgian co-op term. She’s looking forward to starting Georgian’s Research Analyst graduate certificate program in September.

Brittany graduated from Business Administration – Human Resources and is working in physician recruitment at RVH. A Georgian articulation agreement will help her gain advanced standing in Athabasca University’s Labour Relations degree, which she will complete online.