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Honorary Degrees

Lakeland College presented its very first honorary degree in 2006, and has only presented one other--in 2011.
Bill Kondro - 2006
honorary degree recipient Bill Kondro at Vermilion convocation 2006Lakeland College conferred its first honorary degree  in 2006 recognizing former board chair and 2006 convocation speaker Bill Kondro with a bachelor of community economic development.

Kondro, who spoke at the Strathcona County convocation in April, the Lloydminster campus convocation in May and the two Vermilion campus ceremonies on June 3, told the graduates they had a passport to the world with their education from Lakeland College.

The 2006 Vermilion graduating class were the first to get to their feet when Kondro was presented the honorary degree by current board chair Doug Elliott (left) and president Dr. Brian Larson (right).

At that time Kondro chaired the Lloydminster campus capital campaign that is raising funds for a new academic wing in Lloydminster. The wing, officially opened in 2008, bears Kondro's name.

“Bill Kondro is a great friend of Lakeland College and it was our privilege to honour him in this way,” says Dr. Larson.
Owen Baker - 2011
Glenn Charlesworth presents an honorary degree to Owen BakerFor the past 10 years, Lakeland has collaborated with a consortium of oil and gas companies led by Keyera to deliver one of the largest petroleum industry certification programs in Canada.

Owen Baker, the chief inspector and manager of integrity and capability development at Keyera, has played an integral role in the program. He helped create and implement Keyera’s Competency Management Development System (CMDS), a training and education program designed for people working in either oil and gas field collection or plant processing capacities.

Lakeland has awarded more than 1,800 petroleum industry certificates since the collaboration began

Mr. Baker (right) was presented with an honorary Bachelor of Applied Business degree by Lakeland president Glenn Charlesworth (left).
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