Kwantlen honours Richmond graduate with President’s Outstanding Graduate Award

Thu, Oct 8, 2009

Sarah Hawkins, Diploma in Public Relations graduate and Dean’s Honour Roll recipient, received Kwantlen’s President’s Outstanding Graduate Award for a diploma program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s 2009 Convocation ceremony held at its Surrey Campus. 

Hawkins’ university experience at Kwantlen enriched her life, broadened her perspective and paved the way to an exciting career that combines her passion and talent. 

Hawkins, a Richmond resident, is passionate about music and an outspoken advocate for healthy living. Through her education at Kwantlen, Hawkins developed strong communication skills and PR knowledge, and landed a media relations internship at Nettwerk Music Group, a local record label and artist management company. 

“Through my education at Kwantlen, I have developed skills that have helped me embark on a fulfilling career,” remarked Hawkins. Her advice for future Kwantlen students is to “be patient and allow yourself to make mistakes because school is a safe environment for trial and error. When you enter the workforce, remember that you do have the skills to succeed, but you will need a tremendous amount of drive and determination.” 

Presented annually, this award encourages Kwantlen students to excel in their chosen fields of study and to participate in university, student and community activities to the benefit of others. Recipients have completed all their study in one program at Kwantlen; have consistently shown outstanding ability in the field; have contributed in a significant way to Kwantlen or community affairs; and may be recommended by faculty. 

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