Valedictorian Lauds Class of 2018

Selkirk College Grad 2018 Set for April 27


The future has once again arrived at Selkirk College as the Class of 2018 prepares to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

More than 1,000 Selkirk College students from dozens of programs will step out of the classroom and into the workforce toting the education and skills needed to make a difference in the region and beyond. 

“I’m blown away by the level professionalism of my fellow students,” says Class of 2018 valedictorian Chris Black. “Our generation of college graduates have a high technical level of training which is exciting for our region. The people entering the workforce are very technically-minded and adept in a lot of different areas.”

Grad valedictorian 2018

Selkirk College student Chris Black will be the Class of 2018 valedictorian at the annual graduation ceremony on the Castlegar Campus on April 27. A student in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program, Black has already made strides in his area of interest through work as a volunteer and with the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

A student in the Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) Program, Black was chosen to represent his peers at the April 27 graduation ceremony on the Castlegar Campus where hundreds of graduating students will walk across the stage to celebrate their achievement. Black’s diligent work in the classroom, his excellence in field work and his dedication to the greater community through volunteerism made him the perfect fit for the honour.

“Chris is an outstanding student and active member of the community,” says IEP instructor Doris Hausleitner. “More than that, he was a key person in creating a respectful and caring class atmosphere. In November, we had a lab at Cottonwood Lake where it had snowed 30 centimetres the previous night. Chris went to the lab site in advance with firewood and had a fire going when the rest of the class arrived in order to make everyone more comfortable. He was very helpful in bringing together different personalities in order to unite and create a strong cohort of students.”

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