Graduates of 2021

Coast Mountain College seeks artwork submissions to commemorate graduates of 2021

Coast Mountain College is seeking submissions for the development of a design for print and digital distribution that honours the 2021 Graduates of Coast Mountain College. The global COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on how we are able to gather together. It’s meant that special ceremonies, such as convocation, have been postponed and graduates are being celebrated in different ways.

Much like the class of 2020, Coast Mountain College wishes to honour the graduates of 2021 with a unique art print that represents this milestone in pandemic times.

Designs should consider themes such as transformation, connection, renewal, resilience or achievement in their submission. The selected artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be recognized on the Coast Mountain College web site, social media channels and in a message to graduates. Each 2021 graduate will receive a print of the artwork along with their credential.

Submission details

Interested parties should provide a brief description and sketch of their design concept along with links to examples of their previous works or electronic portfolio no later than Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m.

The successful artist will be notified by Friday, May 21.

The finished design must be delivered in a vectorized, high-resolution 300 DPI digital image suitable for printing no later than Friday, June 4 at 12 noon.

The artist will retain the copyright to their artwork, and grants unlimited, unrestricted and exclusive license to Coast Mountain College for the use of the image relating to convocation during pandemic times.

Current students, alumni or instructors at Coast Mountain College’s First Nations Fine Arts program, as well as any other artists are invited to submit proposals.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 

Friday, May 14, 2021 no later than 4 p.m. by email to CMTN Communications at

Deadline for finished, high-resolution digitized artwork:

Friday, June 4, 2021

Kari Morgan vector

Read about last year's art work, commissioned to honour the resiliency and achievement of the class of 2020.

Kari Morgan K’alaajex’s submission of a fireweed and frog design called Resilience was selected because of its representation of transformation, resiliency and achievement.

Learn more.

Graduates of 2020

Message from the Valedictorian

Congratulations to this year's Coast Mountain College class of 2020 Valedictorian, Eric Zweirs, a Business Administration graduate.

Eric has inspired his colleagues and instructors with his commitment to his schooling, his optimistic perspective and his perseverance. Every year, convocation features the Valedictorian's speech to the graduates, but this year the address is virtual. Hear Eric's inspiring message to the class of 2020 and his message of hope for opportunities for graduates even in pandemic times.

View a special message to the graduates from Eric.

Message from the President

Justin KohlmanTo the 2020 graduating class of Coast Mountain College,

Graduation is a time honoured tradition that recognizes the achievements of each year’s graduating class at Coast Mountain College. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, celebrating together was not possible.

We know how hard this is for students who looked forward to crossing the stage in front of their friends and families to celebrate their achievement and acknowledge the sacrifices, dedication and perseverance that each graduate undertook to complete their studies successfully. It’s hard for the staff and faculty at Coast Mountain College too, who look forward to celebrating this milestone with our students each year.

Every graduating class is unique, but we will never forget the graduating class of 2020. You will stand out for the way you were all able to adapt and pivot so quickly during your final term, to finish your studies in a distributed learning format. In less than a week, our students switched gears to new ways of learning to adapt to the quickly evolving social distancing guidelines necessitated by COVID-19. It is an historical first and you all were a part of that.

This year, to honour your achievements and recognize the unique circumstances under which you completed your studies, we commissioned an art piece called Resilience, designed by Kari Morgan K’alaajex, a graduate herself of the Coast Mountain College’s Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. 

Kari says that the fireweed represents hope in trying times, and the frog is a symbol of rebirth and renewal, recognizing the ability to adapt and transform.

How fitting for the class of 2020. Each of you completed your credentials under trying times. You had to adapt and innovate in order to persevere. This ability will give you all a resiliency and a tenacity that will serve you in the years to come.

Coast Mountain College’s connectedness to our sense of place and the communities we serve is key to who we are. Even our college logo, or visual identity, reflects the glacier till of surrounding rivers and represents the water ways which connect us. Many of our communities were built-up around rivers, lakes and the ocean, and navigating water has long been a way of life here.

By completing your studies, you have given yourself the tools to navigate into the next stage of your journey. Whatever direction you take on your journey from this point forward I ask you to commit to it.

Your journey will have rough waters and sometimes the road will seem endless. But it is in the overcoming of challenges that our mettle is strengthened and in the coming up with solutions, where our adaptability shines.

You will make new connections and create legacies of lasting value that are unique to your experience. Take your new skills and bring them to your communities because you are truly the ambassadors of this school and the makers of our future.

Do not forget those who have helped you get here – especially in this unprecedented year. Your family, your friends, your teachers, our staff and the community who have supported you, and who I know, are so very proud of your accomplishment.

You all have had a ripple effect on so many others with your decision to pursue your studies. Our college and our communities will be changed for the better forever because you have been part of us. 

Thank you. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for transforming our college and our region during your educational journey.

From the bottom of my heart, congratulations. 

Here’s to the graduating class of 2020!

Justin Kohlman
President & CEO
Coast Mountain College


Message from the Registrar

Stephen Salem, Registrar



Hello Graduates,

Your hard work and persistence has paid off. It is my pleasure to confirm that, as a graduate of 2020, you have met the program requirements for your credentials, and it is my honour to confer the rights and privileges of your certificate, diploma or associate degree. I am excited to see all the great things you will do for your community.


Stephen Salem
Director, Institutional Research and Registrar

Spotlight: Linnea Waechter, Governor General Collegiate Bronze Medal recipient



Congratulations to Linnea Waechter for receiving this year's Governor General Collegiate Bronze Medal for obtaining the highest grade point average in the Winter 2020 semester. Congratulations for receiving a 4.25 and inspiring fellow classmates to reach for the stars.

Linnea's journey started in 2012 when she completed her electrical foundations program and worked her way up through to Level 4 Electrical Apprenticeship. She then continued on to earn her Diploma in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources, and is part of this year's graduating class.

View a special message to the graduates from Linnea.

Spotlight: Kyle Yaroshuk-Pryce, Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipient



Congratulations to Kyle Yaroshuk-Pryce for receiving this year's Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for his devotion to his community of Prince Rupert, BC. The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal is awarded to a post-secondary student who promotes diversity and inclusion, recognizes democracy and citizenship, and fosters reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in their community. 

View a special message to the graduates from Kyle.

Kari Morgan vector



CMTN honours graduates with art print

Coast Mountain College has commissioned an art piece to honour the resiliency and achievement of the class of 2020 and recognize the unique circumstances under which this year’s graduates have persevered during the ongoing pandemic. 

Kari Morgan K’alaajex’s submission of a fireweed and frog design called Resilience was selected because of its representation of transformation, resiliency and achievement. Each of this year’s 2020 graduates will receive a printed copy of the art piece in recognition of their achievement.

Read more for the full story, including the artist bio and statement to the graduates.

Convocation awards

Coast Mountain College is seeking nominations for this year's convocation awards in the following three categories: Community Service, Distinguished Alumni and Employee Recognition. The recipients will receive a special award and a write up will appear on our Convocation web page, our social media networks, along with recognition for our graduates.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, June 29 at 12:00 noon. Please include a paragraph about why you are nominating the person and how it relates to the criteria below. Please submit your written nomination to

The award categories are:

Community Service Award

This award is given to a member of the community who is not a staff or faculty member at the college and who demonstrates Coast Mountain College’s values by giving back to our communities and/or the college through volunteerism. 

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is given to an alumnus of Coast Mountain College that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic wellbeing of Coast Mountain College, its students or the communities of the region it serves.

Employee Recognition Award

This award is given to a Coast Mountain College employee who goes above and beyond in the work that they do at the college. They live our values of integrity, transformation and adventure in addition to making a contribution to the greater community by way of participation in a professional association or volunteer capacity. 

Convocation ceremonies

All students who want to attend a convocation ceremony must login to myCMTN, and select that you would like to attend convocation in the Apply to Graduate form. Steps involved in the process are outlined in the Application for Graduation through myCMTN [PDF]. For more information visit the Registrar's Office, call 1.877.277.2288 Ext. 5450 or email

Smithers | 2021 Winter convocation
Date to be confirmed
Location to be confirmed


Terrace | 2021 Spring convocation
Date to be confirmed
REM Lee Theatre


Prince Rupert | 2021 Spring convocation
Date to be confirmed
Lester Centre of the Arts


Once you have submitted your request, the Registrar's Office will review your application for eligibility, arrange for you to receive a credential and communicate more specific information about your selected convocation ceremony.