The Class of 2017 graduates from RMC

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – After 4 years of studying Chemical Engineering at Royal Military College, it’s graduation day for Blaire Coffey.
She admits it wasn’t an easy decision to join the military.

Blaire Coffey/RMC Graduate:
“But I’m happy I did. I learned a lot of lessons. I feel like I grew a lot as a person so I’m glad I came.”

Proud parents and family members captured every moment as graduates assembled for the afternoon convocation ceremony.

Brig.-Gen. Sean Friday/RMC Commandant:
“But that continued dedication to self profession can wait because today… classes are over. Exams are complete. And you’ve made it!”

Along with the Class of 2017 — 2 honourary degrees were also handed out.
And Canada’s Defence Minister was on hand for the special occasion.

Harjit Singh Sajjan/Defence Minister:
“It’s a pleasure to be here with you during such an important milestone of your life.”

RMC’s Principal offered his own words of wisdom.

Harry Kowal/RMC Principal:
“If your uniform isn’t dirty you haven’t been in the game. What I know of our graduates today there’s no doubt that your accomplishments have happened because you have been in the game.
I’m confident that the lessons you’ve learned here in the peninsula will benefit you for years to come.”

With degrees in hand and smiles on their faces… These grads say they can’t wait to get their military marching orders.

“I’m ready to move on and do things with the training and preparation that I’ve learned here.”

2 days of pomp and ceremony will continue into the evening with a Sunset ceremony…. then culminate Friday with a badging ceremony, as these officer cadets receive their official ranks and postings… and hold their traditional march through the Memorial archway.

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