Your guide to celebrating virtually
As you scroll down the page, you’ll see a number of ways to experience the celebration and to get involved and connected. Here’s some tips to making this the best virtual celebration ever. Don’t miss out.
- View our Class of 2020 video greetings featuring students and leaders of Georgian College.
- Take a moment to receive special greetings from the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, Government of Ontario.
- Hear a special message for you from Georgian’s own Jon Montgomery (Class of 2000), host of The Amazing Race Canada and Team Canada Olympic gold medalist.
- You earned it so make sure you see your name in lights. Take a moment to check out the Class of 2020 graduate scroll.
- Celebrate and get in on the action!
- Share your Class of 2020 pride using your social media channels. Use the hashtag #ProudGeorgianGrad so your messages populate in the message board.
- Post a picture, or post 10! Use our digital toolkit to accessorize your shots.
- Read the social media messages board and share in the excitement.
- Experience the Class of 2020 photo booth, complete with Georgian inspired backgrounds and frames to capture today’s memories. Invite your friends and family to join you in a photo!
- Visit the photo booth gallery to check out the photos of your fellow graduates.
A special message for our Class of 2020 graduates
Greetings from Georgian alumnus Jon Montgomery
Olympian, public speaker, Georgian alumnus and host of The Amazing Race Canada – Jon Montgomery has an astounding resumé.
Jon graduated from Georgian’s Business Administration – Automotive Marketing program in 2000. It was during his time at Georgian that he first heard the Olympics would be coming to Canada in 2010, and he decided then that he wanted to attend as a competitor. The fact that he was not involved in any eligible winter sport or Olympic training program did not dissuade him from his dream.
Over the years that followed, Jon chose skeleton racing and jumped into the sport with zest and determination. On Feb. 19, 2010, Jon tore down the skeleton track in Whistler, BC to win a gold medal for Canada.
He credits his experience with the Georgian College Auto Show for giving him the skills to succeed in the automotive industry, in Olympic sport and, more recently, as the popular host of CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada. Jon says his education gave him the confidence to market himself, to communicate effectively, and to work well with others.
Jon was honoured by his alma mater once more when Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes presented him with the Georgian College Board of Governors’ Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree during convocation ceremonies on June 18, 2015.
Not one to shy away from the spotlight, Jon has used his podium to boost the country loves so much, supporting initiatives to make sports available to all children, as well as speaking out on conservation issues.
Special message from the Minister of Colleges and Universities
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2020!
*A star beside a graduate name recognizes that a student graduated with academic honours.
**Listing includes graduates meeting graduation requirements as of June 22, 2020.
Celebrate live on social media!
Share your excitement by posting photos and messages to your Twitter and Instagram accounts by using the hashtag #ProudGeorgianGrad
It’s time to celebrate – capture today’s memories
Get Insta-famous on your grad day! Use the Georgian grad 2020 filter on our Instagram account or try it out on your mobile device. Make sure to tag @georgiancollege and use hashtag #ProudGeorgianGrad in your photos.
News and greetings across Georgian
Read our news release about today’s virtual celebration
Georgian throws virtual celebration for graduates
Since 1968, Georgian has hosted a spring convocation to celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates.
While the college can’t host an in-person convocation during the pandemic, the college still wanted to roll out the virtual red carpet to recognize almost 3,000 graduates who expected to cross the stage this month.
“This has been a challenging year for our graduates, it certainly isn’t what they expected,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO. “We’re proud of their accomplishments and resilience and want to celebrate them now by welcoming them into the Georgian alumni family, which now numbers more than 85,000 worldwide!”
Meet your student speaker: Jose Jimenez Quintero, Class of 2020
When Jose Jiménez left his home in Guadalajara, Mexico to study in the Great White North, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He arrived at Georgian College, straight from the airport, one cold day in January 2017. Tired, excited and nervous, he was welcomed by the friendly people at the International Centre and began his initiation into Canadian life.
He immediately felt the encouragement and comradery of both Georgian’s International Centre and its international community.
“Three students from India helped me in taking the bus and came to do groceries with me during my first day because I had no idea about anything,” says Jose. “That was a very positive experience because I received support when I needed it the most.”
The first few weeks were a whirlwind of new experiences.
“I was full of emotions,” says Jose. “Excitement and enthusiasm stand out the most – finally seeing what was waiting for me in this decision to leave everything behind to pursue my dreams in Canada and Georgian College.”
Jose threw himself into his studies, excelling in the Business Administration three-year co-op program. He also got involved in student life through the Georgian College Students’ Association. He was elected VP for fitness and health in 2018 and 2019.
“I’m happy I was able to connect with a lot of people and to have amazing job experiences,” says Jose.
Now, with graduation looming, Jose is reflective of his time at Georgian.
“The feeling of graduating is unique and fulfilling because it’s a dream and a goal that I really worked hard for. I see that making the decision to come to Georgian was the right one.”
Like all 2020 graduates, Jose is doing his best to navigate his future against the backdrop of COVID-19.
“Right now, I’m in Canada patiently waiting for things to get normal again,” he says. “I had the opportunity to get a full-time job but unfortunately had to stop my training due the pandemic.”
Despite these challenging circumstances Jose remains positive.
“I’m ready to keep looking for opportunities and not let this to demoralize me,” he says.
The fire that propelled him to leave the familiarity of his home to venture to a different country still burns.
“I hope everyone is safe and working as much as possible on their goals even though we are in difficult times. I feel this is an opportunity for each of us to discover deeply what we want to do and recharge our energy to go and chase that “fuerte” that we dream about. Never stop learning and never stop dreaming.”
Greetings from program areas
Welcome to the family!
Welcome to the Georgian alumni community!
Learn about the benefits
Download a printable brochure to learn more about the benefits of being a Georgian graduate.
Georgian Alumni Network
You now have access to the exclusive Georgian Alumni Network. This online community allows you to reconnect with classmates and use the trusted Georgian community to expand your professional network. Register today at GeorgianAlumni.ca
Discover the perks of being a Georgian graduate
As a Georgian graduate, you have access to unique and exclusive perks, discounts, benefits and services. Visit the alumni perks partner page for a list of current offerings.
Looking for a credential frame or Georgian apparel?
Check out our selection of graduation clothing, gifts and diploma frame at Georgian Stores.
Meet some of your fellow alumni who came before you in this year’s issue of GeorgianView magazine.
Prizes for new alumni
Georgian alumni pride pack
128 GB 7th Generation iPad
Georgian Day at Canada’s Wonderland 2021 prize package
Winners will be announced on the Georgian College Alumni Association social media feeds at noon! Be sure to follow your Alumni Association on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked In. Review Georgian’s social channels.
Thank you to our sponsor
A special thank you to the Georgian College Alumni Association’s preferred insurance provider Johnson Insurance for sponsoring this year’s celebration activities and prizes! As a Georgian graduate, you have access to exclusive home and auto insurance rates from Johnson Insurance. To receive a free, no-obligation quote or to learn more, visit the Johnson Insurance website.
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Frequently asked questions
FAQs about the virtual celebration, convocation and credentials
The celebration is not a replacement convocation ceremony. It is a time for all of us at Georgian College to recognize your accomplishment during the time you should have been walking across the stage at convocation. Graduates will be invited to a future ceremony when we can celebrate this important milestone together.
Absolutely! Although this celebration is for those students who were deemed graduates in December 2019 or April 2020, we welcome all of our Georgian students to celebrate. Remember that this is not a replacement convocation ceremony, it is a recognition of your accomplishment at Georgian College.
We are currently working on the details of the next convocation ceremony. Information will be posted on the Georgian College website once things have been finalized. Stay tuned!
Definitely! Please share the link with all of your supporters.
The convocation team will begin producing credentials in the next couple of weeks. All credentials will be mailed out by the end of July. Please make sure you have completed the Credential Mailing Information Form.