Graduation at Trinity Western University happens twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
This year’s fall graduation ceremony took place on Saturday, November 5, at the university’s Langley main campus. Faculty and staff joined many TWU families and friends to celebrate the achievements of over 550 soon-to-be graduates of the fall semester.
Canadian hockey player and coach is fall valedictorian
Canadian hockey player and coach with Trinity Western Spartans women’s hockey team, Sarah Potomak, is the 2022 graduate valedictorian for the fall graduating class.
Graduating with a Master of Arts in Leadership, Potomak’s Team Canada career highlights include winning a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship. She was also part of Canada's centralized National Women's Team during the 2017-18 season. This weekend, Potomak needed to be at a hockey event in Halifax and was unable to attend her graduation ceremony in-person; however, she successfully appeared by video to deliver her valedictorian speech to students and families gathered in Langley.
Welcoming students from around the world
TWU’s fall graduation ceremony is special because—unlike the spring ceremony that involves graduates from all programs—the fall ceremony is primarily for those completing the TWU GLOBAL Degree Completion programs, as well as those completing graduate studies — including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Arts in Educational Studies in Special Education, among other programs.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program congratulated 200 graduands, while the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership program lauded 235 graduands.
Dr. Phil Laird, Vice President of Innovation, Global and Academic Partnerships and Vice Provost of TWU GLOBAL, was the commencement speaker at this year’s fall ceremonies.
Dr. Laird’s work in expanding TWU’s education globally has helped many students around the world have the chance to earn a Canadian degree. Trinity Western now has educational partnerships with schools and colleges in countries including India, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, and Iran.
Students at Trinity Western’s partner organizations can take TWU courses online with the support of a personal advising coach, and complete up to half their TWU degree in their home country before completing the next part at the University’s campuses in Canada.
TWU's School of Education Open House
One event follows another at TWU. This coming week, the InspirED annual convention for B.C. and Washington area K-12 Christian school educators comes to Trinity Western University on Nov. 10. As host and sponsor of this year's convention, TWU will be welcoming over 1,100 InspirED participants to the Langley campus.
TWU's School of Education will also be hosting an Open House on Nov. 10, 3:30–4:30 p.m at the DeVries Centre (Trinity Western University, 22500 University Drive, Langley). Enjoy a dessert bar, live music and tours of DeVries Centre, and connect with TWU professors and alumni. The event is open to the public. Please register to attend.
About Trinity Western University
Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is a global Christian liberal arts university. We are dedicated to equipping students to discover meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. Drawing upon the riches of the Christian tradition, seeking to unite faith and reason through teaching and scholarship, Trinity Western University is a degree-granting research institution offering liberal arts and sciences as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has four locations in Canada: Langley, Richmond-Lansdowne, Richmond-Minoru, and Ottawa. Learn more at www.twu.ca or follow us on Instagram @trinitywestern, Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.