Brandon police Chief Ian Grant can add another medal to his uniform.
At Brandon University’s convocation ceremonies on Friday, the chief was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal after graduating with his masters degree in rural development.
"I think my degree will help with my day-to-day police work," Grant said. "Researching policing in rural areas, I definitely found applicability to Brandon in my studies."
The chief said it was no picnic studying at night following a day at the office.
"It was tough," he said. "You need discipline to go home after work and know that you still have research to do and papers to put together."
Yesterday’s convocation was divided into morning and afternoon ceremonies.
Ashley Langford, who graduated from psychiatric nursing, gave the valedictory address during the morning ceremony.
"The ever twisting roller coaster of student life has come to an end," she began — an amusement park metaphor that continued throughout her speech.
She said that although the graduates are getting off at the platform of this ride, they will be quick to line up for another.
Langford thanked all the professors who work hard to teach BU students, and said she does not agree with the saying ‘Those who can’t do teach.’
"Those who do what they love are destined to teach others their passion," she said.
Langford also thanked the families and friends who helped these graduates get to this day, and encouraged her classmates and all of the graduates to put modesty aside and be proud of their accomplishment.
"No matter which path or ride you choose to take," Langford concluded, "do so with your mind open to the world in your authentic self and full of passion."