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June 9, 2016

2016 Spring Convocation celebrates graduation of future justice and public safety leaders

Academic accomplishments of nearly 300 JIBC graduates recognized

BLES Cohort 1 - 2016 Spring ConvocationStudents in the first cohort of the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies were among the graduates recognized at the 2016 JIBC Spring Convocation on June 9, 2016 at the New Westminster Campus.


Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) celebrated the academic accomplishments of its graduates at the Spring Convocation held on June 9, 2016 at the New Westminster Campus.

Nearly 300 graduates from 27 different academic programs across JIBC’s three Schools were recognized, including students in the first cohort of JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies program, many of whom are progressing into their chosen professional fields in justice and public safety.

“Each of you graduating today is part of a growing community of professionals working together to help build safer communities and a more just society,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO. “As everyday heroes, you are integral to creating a virtuous circle where business and industry can thrive because of the work you do. I want to encourage you to serve in your respective roles with conviction, knowing that what you do makes a difference, to the individuals you will help and the communities you will support.” 

Cathy Knapp - 2016 Spring Convocation student speakerCathy Knapp, the student speaker at the 2016 JIBC Spring Convocation shares the personal and professional significance of graduating from JIBC.


Among the students graduating was Cathy Knapp, who completed JIBC’s Conflict Resolution: Mediation/Third Party Intervention Certificate and was the student speaker at Convocation.

In her remarks, Cathy noted a few of the reasons why graduating at JIBC was an important accomplishment in her life. In addition to serving as an academic milestone, completing her certificate program as a mature student was a way for her to serve as a role model to her daughter by illustrating the value that comes with completing a post-secondary education.

The applied nature of her JIBC education also serves as a strong foundation as she embarks on a new career after retiring as a human resource manager for a major airline.

“The applied learning model of instruction at JIBC included many roleplaying assignments and exercises that went a long way in helping us practice our new skills and get more and more comfortable in applying our acquired knowledge and skills,” she said in her speech. “Attaining my certificate here has increased my confidence by giving me the credentials to go along with my practical experience, and equip me with the skills to put my new knowledge to work.”

About Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.

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