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A limited number of graduation awards are given in recognition of graduating students who have achieved a record of academic excellence at Douglas College.
Ballistic Arts Valedictorian Award of Distinction
The Ballistic Arts Valedictorian Award of Distinction was established in 2015 by owner ted LAU, a member of the Douglas College Foundation Board, to recognize and reward Douglas College graduates who are chosen by each Faculty to be their valedictorian.
Governor General's Bronze Medal
A bronze medal, presented by the Governor General of Canada, is awarded annually to a Douglas College student at the June graduation ceremonies. It is considered the highest academic honour the College can bestow. The medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest overall average upon graduation from a two-year diploma program. No monetary value is attached to the award and no application is required.
Lance Ryan Vocal Achievement Award of Distinction
Lance Ryan was a guitar student in the Basic Musicianship and University Transfer Programs from 1989 to 1992. He has since become an internationally-renowned tenor based in Europe. He is highly regarded for his dramatic singing in leading roles in Wagner operas. In 2010, he gave a benefit concert at Douglas College, hosted by the Douglas College Alumni Association and the Music Department, as a way of giving back to the place that first nurtured his musicianship. The proceeds of the concert, along with generous donations made at the event, were used to establish the Lance Ryan Vocal Achievement Award of Distinction. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward graduating voice students who show great promise and intend to continue their vocal studies.
Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal
A silver medal, presented by the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, is awarded annually to a Douglas College student at the June graduation ceremonies. It is awarded to the student upon graduation from a certificate program who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have excelled in their studies and who have contributed to the life of their post-secondary institution or their community. No monetary value is attached to the award and no application is required.
The Valedictorian Award was established, in 2016, by Douglas College Foundation. The purpose is to recognize and reward Douglas College graduates who are chosen by the Dean/Associate Dean of each Faculty to be their Valedictorian(s).