Graduating Griffins

June 16, 2015

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Here’s what some of our graduating athletes said when we asked them what they’re most proud of, their greatest moment as Griffins and what’s next for them.

IMAGE_STORY_Megan_VermillionMegan Vermillion

Bachelor of Commerce
Women’s Golf

Point of pride?

I am most proud of the friends I've made and the great times I've had. I'm leaving with a degree and more knowledge than I ever could have thought, but I honestly wouldn't be graduating if it wasn't for all the amazing friends I met along the way and the study notes and laughs we shared.

Greatest moment as a Griffin?

I could think of a million different things—from making the golf team in my first year to winning bronze at nationals—but there is one tournament that I’m particularly proud of. In my third year, at the Bear Mountain Invitational, I played my best two rounds as a Griffin (79-74). It was an awesome feeling!

What’s next?

Travelling for the summer and then maybe a move out west to B.C.

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Jordan Steinke

Bachelor of Commerce
Men’s Curling

Point of pride?

I'm most proud of the friends I've made. The people I've met along my journey at MacEwan have made it much easier and I will have friends in these people for years to come.

Greatest moment as a Griffin?

The entire experience, but if I had to pick one moment, it would be when my brother and I both won All-Star Awards at nationals in 2014. I gave him a hug before we took the all-star team picture. It was a special moment standing up there beside my little brother, feeling on top of the world.

What’s next?

A job in my field and maybe a little vacation. I’m also going to keep curling and will make a run at the Brier in years to come—hopefully you’ll see me on TV at a grand slam one day.

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Zach Brown

Bachelor of Science
Men’s Volleyball

Point of pride?

I am most proud of my two Academic All-Canadian Awards because they show that it's important to work hard in the classroom and on the court. To be eligible, you need to be an ACAC all-star and have a GPA over 3.5.

Greatest moment as a Griffin?

Helping my team win an ACAC silver medal in 2013/14. We went into the provincial championships ranked second in the entire nation and eventually lost to Red Deer, who was ranked first. I am immensely proud of the team and what we accomplished that year.

What’s next?

A bachelor of education after-degree.

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Sean Poitras

Bachelor of Commerce
Men’s Hockey

Point of pride?

Being part of the tightly-knit community at MacEwan. I felt it immediately when I arrived—everyone was willing to get to know you and help in any way they could. The community culture here rubbed off on me and I’m proud to help new students and sharing advice about what I’ve learned and what was passed on to me four years ago.

Greatest moment as a Griffin?

Achieving the MacEwan’s men’s hockey record for most wins in a row. Winning 12 games in a row was extremely special to me because I can remember my first year when we only won four games all season. Every athlete wants to leave an organization better than when they arrived, and this really made me feel like I was able to make a difference to the program.

What’s next?

Using what I learned as a student and a student athlete to enter the workforce in a financial or accounting environment. I’ll also stay involved in hockey in some way and want to give back to my community—maybe by helping develop young athletes.


IMAGE_STORY_Jenna_SeitzJenna Seitz

Bachelor of Commerce
Women’s Soccer

Point of pride?

I am most proud of how much I accomplished in such a short time. Being a Griffin, taking five classes every semester and studying abroad in Winter 2014 has made it a great four years, to say the least.

Greatest moment as a Griffin?

Our undefeated soccer season in 2014—going 15-0-0 and winning nationals in Surrey, B.C. The moment we all ran onto the field at the last whistle was definitely my greatest as a Griffin.

What’s next?

Finding a human resources job in Edmonton and playing soccer with my team, Northwest United.

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Alexandra Robertson

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Women’s Soccer and Women’s Cross-Country

Point of pride?

Connections with faculty members and professors in my nursing program. Many of them are mentors to me. The education I received from them not only prepared me for success in my nursing career, it made me a better person and a better participant in society.

Greatest moment as a Griffin?

I am so thankful that I was able to be not only a student at MacEwan, but also an athlete. I was on both the soccer team and the cross-country team, and got to run in races in places like Seattle and Newfoundland.

What’s next?

I have begun my nursing career in intensive care. Helping people and making a difference in their day during their weakest moments is something I hold dear. I’m also passionate about education, and although I didn’t grow up knowing what I wanted to do as a career, I am so excited that I attended that MacEwan Open House six years ago and decided to pursue such a challenging profession.


MacEwan University is proud to celebrate the over 2,100 members of the Class of 2015. Congratulations to this year's graduates, medal recipients and distinguished award honourees.

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