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Taylor Galvin.

Grads share their excitement for Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow

May 2, 2024 — 

The Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow, which takes place on May 4, not only honours Indigenous graduates and their achievements, but also celebrates their perseverance and community.

Whether it’s to celebrate their tireless work or to connect with community through tradition and ceremony, both Taylor Galvin and Ryan Ketchum look forward to attending the UM Grad Pow Wow, which includes a Pipe Ceremony, presentations to the graduates, entertainment and a community feast.

Taylor Galvin

Taylor, from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, is an award-winning Environmental Studies graduate with a focus on wildlife management, land-based educator, water protector/land guardian and buffalo dancer. She shares how her education has enhanced her life and how she’s bringing that education back to her community and sharing it with the youth she works with.


Ryan Ketchum

Ryan, from Wauzhushk Onigum Nation in Ontario, shares his story of perseverance and the support he received to receive a bachelor of science in electrical engineering with a focus in engineering physics, a field under-represented by Indigenous Peoples.

Join us to celebrate more than 100 Indigenous graduates at the 35th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow on May 4 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre on UM’s Fort Garry campus. Find event details on the UM website.

This year, 478 Indigenous students will be graduating from faculties across both UM campuses, including Arts, Social Work, Education, Engineering, Science, the Asper School of Business, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources and the Max Rady College of Medicine.

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