Student of the Month: Carley Wood

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From collecting vinyl records to designing moto jackets, our Student of the Month is Carley Wood from the Fashion Program in Winnipeg! “Carley has come a long way…and she is always on top of her game. She is hard working and…is committed to the program and it shows in the garments she creates” says MC College Winnipeg Director, Anna McGregor.

 
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“I grew up with my mom sewing and it caught up with me…I always knew I wanted to be in the industry and took the fashion technology class in high school. Fashion as a career felt like it would always just be a dream. It was only last year that I decided to continue in fashion and actually work towards my dream!”

The City Bra 901 prototype in progress

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What do you like most about Fashion School?
“I love it all, especially designing and illustrating! When I started here, Illustrating was new to me but now I LOVE it… We are doing a merchandising course next month that I’m super excited about…I’ve created a white knee length skirt with gold lace, a cropped blouse, tailored jacket with pleated sleeves, corset, dress with deep v armholes and a tulle skirt. The most exciting project for me was the skirt…it turned out beautiful and I love the lace I used.”

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What do you love about MC College?
“I feel comfortable and at home here. Everyone is amazing. The teachers and my classmates are 100% supportive of everyone.”

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“Right now, it’s the business courses. It’s an eye opener and it’s hard, but in a good way. There’s a lot that goes into starting your own business.”

What has surprised you the most about Fashion School?
“It’s much more than just learning how to sew…you learn about the history, business, starting your own collection…also, everyone is helpful and happy all the time. You always want to be here. You don’t want to be anywhere else!”

Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“My collection is called Cityscape and I was inspired by Winnipeg…it’s a mix of new and old buildings.. There’s coats, knit wear and crop tops…a cropped bomber and a moto jacket with shearling lining”.

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Who is your favorite Designer?
“YSL and Versace. They make beautiful gowns!”

What is the best career advice you’ve received?
“Just continue working towards your dream. Always have a goal in mind and work towards it”.

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What are your plans when you graduate?
”I keep switching but I know that I want to work in Toronto or London for merchandising or styling…or BOTH! I hope to gear my internship towards that.”

 

Follow her!!
Instagram: @car.31
Snapchat: car.31

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Alumni Profile: Victoria Kakuktinniq

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Victoria was born in Rankin Inket, Nunavut. Growing up, sewing traditional garments and beading was an essential part of her life. She was inspired to start a career in Fashion after designing and creating a parka as part of the Ilitaqsiniq-Nunavut Literacy Council’s Miqqut Program, which teaches traditional Inuit sewing and design. “I learned about the traditional designs first, and I incorporate the curves of the Amauti style into my designs.” says Victoria (via Elle Canada)

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Since graduating from MC College, she has moved to Iqaluit where she has launched: Victoria’s Arctic Fashion.

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Victoria with the Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Premier of Nunavut at the Northern Lights Conference in Ottawa.

Inspired by her grandmother and her Nunavut background, she incorporates Inuit culture & tradition (beading, embroidery, seal skin, fur and large hoods) with modern touches such as corset backs into her designs. “I just incorporate tradition into my pieces, but I also bring a more modern style…A lot of the embroidery I do is just floral, but I’d like to eventually incorporate other Inuit symbols…it’s really a way to keep our culture alive” Victoria says (Via Nunatsiaq Online)

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In 2015, Victoria won ‘Business of the Year’ at the Nunavut Trade Show. She has been featured in Elle Canada, Nipiit Magazine, Up Here Magazine and various newspaper articles.

Winipeg Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/exploring-the-arctic-233904331.html

 

MC Alumni Profile: Andrew Van

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Some know him as Andrew while others know him as “Lord Chink”. As a 2010 Graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Winnipeg campus, he is the face behind the Instagram account with 10,000+ followers, @chinkthebarber. “I’m just an everyday Barber….I’m not trying to get famous. I’m just trying to master my craft and share it with others. Just chase your dreams.” he says.


From Winnipeg to Toronto and Edmonton to Montreal, Andrew has traveled across Canada to compete and learn with the best of the best. Since graduating, he has:

  • Won first place in ‘Best Design’ at the Golden Gloves Barber Battle in Winnipeg
  • Placed in the top three in ‘Trendsetter’ at the Heavy Hitters Barber Battle in Toronto.
  • Competed in the ABA’s Battle of the Barbers and Major Fade’s Barber Battle to name a few.
  • “Blessed heads” (cut hair) of celebrities such as Redman and Evander Kane (NHL hockey player)

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Today, he is a Barber at Blacklist Boutique.

 


His career in Hairstyling started when he was going through a turning point in his life. His mentor and friend, Scott Ramos (one of Canada’s most famous barbers) introduced him to the world of fades and razor parts. “Scott Ramos introduced me to Hairstyling and I thought it looked fun…he convinced me to be a Hairstylist after seeing me at my worst” says Andrew. “Thank you [Scott] for being my inspiration, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be a deadbeat by now” he continues.


He decided to enroll at MC College after our graduate, Guy Lemieux, referred him to the school. “This is embarrassing..roller sets was my favorite part…it taught me how to manipulate hair just by heat and very little products” says Andrew.


What’s been your biggest eye opener since graduating?
“Being a role model for students and seeing how far you can get from being a stylist/barber”
What’s been most exciting?
“Being recognized for what I do in Winnipeg and other cities by random people…instead of telling people who I am or what I do…I can finally say I made it!!”


What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Keep networking and take in as much education. The hair industry is never ending. Go bless some heads!”

Student of the Month: Danae Desjardins

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You may recognize her name from our Instagram. From purple balayage to granny hair, she is slaying it in the colour game. Our Student of the Month goes out to Danae Desjardins from the Winnipeg campus! “Danae works extremely hard and is a great role model to all her peers …her technique is out of this world…she has the drive and dedication. She wows the teachers; she wows all of us!” says Anna McGregor, MC College Director.

 

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“When I met my Hairstylist, she inspired me to get into it. It’s a good way to help people feel confident about themselves…that’s something that my Hairstylist helped me with…lots of people look at Hairstyling as superficial but they don’t know that we work hard and that there’s so many paths you can take.”

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What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Colours and barbering. Colours are fun ‘cause you can do a huge transformation. Sometimes it can be tedious and stressful but it’s so gratifying at the end. I like barbering because a lot of guys wait until they look like monkeys before they get cut. After you give them a cut, they look like a new person!”

What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How hard hair cutting is! You can’t just pick up shears and do whatever…Before realizing I wanted to be a Hairstylist, I thought it was just something people did for fun. It’s a huge thing and always will be. Before, I didn’t know about hair competitions or being a platform artist…there’s so many opportunities”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“The people are awesome and the clients and staff members too. It’s a welcoming atmosphere. The teachers are always there to help us and they make you feel excited to learn.”

What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to enter the NAHA’S and Contessa’s. It’s so much fun to get out there and see what you can do…Come and watch my career. In five years, I’m going to have a business and I am going to make something big out of this”.

Danae recently landed her dream job at Sapphire Lounge.

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“There are always going to be people who put you down for going to hair school…ignore them. If you’re passionate just go for it and it’ll never feel like work for you. Passion is what’s going to build your business and make you more successful than the people who bring you down”

 

Follow her on Social Media:
Instagram: @want.to.get.cut
Snapchat: want.to.get.cut
Facebook: Want To Get Cut By Danae DesJardins

Microblading collab: MC College + Brows by G

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Brows by G Inc. and MC College Group Inc. are collaborating to provide the Microblading Technician Training Program (MTTP), across MC College campuses in Western Canada. The program teaches Esthetics and Beauty Industry professionals the innovative, semi-permanent eyebrow enhancing procedure.

The program we have developed, and are rolling out in collaboration with MC College is the only one of its kind in the depth, breadth, and teaching techniques we use to develop qualified Microblading Technicians.” said Brows by G Inc. Founder and CEO, Giovanna Minenna.

 

The Microblading Technician Training Program (MTTP) will be offered at MC College campuses in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Kelowna in the upcoming months.

 

“We couldn’t be happier partnering with Brows by G to offer this exciting and innovative new course. This type of specialized service is becoming hugely important to our clients and the industry itself.” says Anna McGregor, Director of the MC College Winnipeg campus.

 

Brows by G. was established in 2015 as a brow bar and permanent makeup clinic by award-winning beauty artist Giovanna Minenna.Brows by G specializes in Microblading, Micropigmentation, shaping, tinting, waxing, and makeup services

For more info, visit:

http://www.mccollege.ca/microblading_program/

or

http://www.browsbyg.com

 

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Top stories from 2015

From 💃flamenco dancing💃 in Barcelona to Marlo Steenman’s Spanx for not letting her down, these are the top MC College stories from 2015 (in chronological order):

Nepal Fundraiser 
MC College organized a company wide fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross. 50% of proceeds from salon and spa services on May 5th, at all six campuses, were donated to the Nepal Regional Earthquake Fund. We fund-raised over $5000!

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Red Deer Express
In June, MC College Red Deer was named top 3 best spas by Red Deer Express’ ‘Best of’ awards. Thank you to all of our clients and students for the support and the vote! 💅👏

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Creative Jam 2015
Last June, Pivot Point International hosted its first Creative Jam in Canada – a 2 day event of ‘hairspiration’ for Hairstylists and Educators. Our Educational Director, Anna Gemellaro, and MC College Instructors travelled to Toronto for hands-on education with industry leaders Yolly Ten Koppel, Joakim Roos, Severine LeBrun, Sabrina Hagenmueller and Laddie James. 💇

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Pop up Salon
Last summer, we launched our first Pop Up Salon in Edmonton: Colour Art Salon by Dona Karunathilake! From creating a dress code to setting salon prices, Dona and her team got to the #WorkGrind and experienced entrepreneurship firsthand. The Pop Up Salon gives students the chance to experience what it’s like to own a salon and learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations.

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The next Pop Up Salon is February 22- 27. To pre-book your appointment, call 780 429 4407 or email salon-ed@mccollege.ca (don’t forget to mention pop up salon!!).

#MCxNAHA 2015 
From July 11th to 13th, over 80 MC College students and staff boarded a plane for Las Vegas for the 10th annual #MCxNAHA show and the North American Hairstyling Awards. The highlight of the trip? One of our Hairstyling graduates, Marlo Steenman, won Hair Colorist of the year!

 

Global Beauty Masters
Reality TV meets the ABA show to the extreme. Two MC College students, Tao Ping and Nicolette Porritt, went to Las Vegas in September for the second annual Global Beauty Masters Competition. Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Tao and Nicolette endured a week of intensive competition with 13 teams from around the world. The show is set to premiere on TLC on March 17, 2016! 📺
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Beauty Abroad: Barcelona 
From November 3 to November 11 2015, we packed our bags and jet setted to the cobbled stone streets of Barcelona! “My days in Barcelona were filled with culture, shopping, dining, and training…. It was an experience I will never forget” says MC College Hairstyling Student, Meaghan Palmer.

 

Graduation
Saying ‘bye Felicia’ to their mannequin heads, creepy looking practice fingers and pulling an all-nighter to finish a garment can only mean one thing: it’s grad! In Spring and Fall 2015, over 400 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design students across six campuses celebrated their success with friends, family, industry partners and MC staff.

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New Designers Fashion Show | Edmonton & Winnipeg
From floral appliqués surrounded by fighter jets to being the show to launch Western Canada Fashion Week, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:
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Sharing the Love
Throughout 2015, MC College Students and Staff at all campuses volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

  •  Kelowna
    • Mini makeovers for the City of Kelowna Camp Girlz Summer Camp
    •  Cuts for a Cure at Kelowna Secondary School

 

  • Edmonton
    • “Pinked” and shaved heads at the 12th annual Hair Massacure event
    • Hair cuts at Homeless Connect
  • Calgary
    • “Pinked” hair for Hair Massacure in support of the Make a Wish Foundation
    • Mini manicures and backstage hair + makeup at the Calgary Women’s Show
  • Red Deer
    • Hair and make up for Central Alberta Theatre
    • In partnership with 90.5 shine FM, we did mini manicures and hairstyles at the Only Women’s Fun Run (in support of the Women’s Outreach Centre)

Fall Graduation 2015: recap

We are game changers. We are innovators” – Rebecca Johnson,Winnipeg Fashion graduate, Fall 2015

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Saying ‘bye Felicia’ 👋👋 to a closet full of black clothing, people who ask you “so you’re going to be on project runway?”, and creepy looking practice fingers can only mean one thing: you’re finally done school!

In November, over 200 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design graduates across our 6 campuses celebrated their success with their families, friends, classmates, industry partners and MC College staff.  🙌

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From “improvising last minute embellishments on garments when things don’t go as planned” (Rebecca Johnson) to soliciting friends and family to be models for exams and doing perm wraps for hours on end, graduates spent the last 7-12 months working through their blood, sweat and tears (figuratively of course!!) towards the career they’ve always been dreaming about. “As with most worthy things in life, it is never an easy journey to success and the program at MC College is no exception…obsessively saving our progress after every little edit to…regularly running on less hours of sleep than I can count” says Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Rebecca Johnson. “The first day of classes quite possibly have been one of the most monumental days of our lives… we found friends that can only be described as life long…not only did we make friends, we made family” adds Angie McGill.

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Awards such as Academic Achievement, Valedictorian and the Frank Cairo Awards were handed out. In addition, funny awards such as biggest hair, three musketeers and ‘person who always slept in class’ award were also handed out.

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At every graduation, Spring and Fall, the Frank Cairo Award is given to students who best represents the quality’s of Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. He is the Founder and Visionary of MC College Group. Each winner received a personalized glass trophy. Congrats to the winners of this prestigious award!!
KELOWNA:
Esthetics: Courtney Rota
Hair: Tashina-Mae Raphael.

EDMONTON:
Hair: Kelly Shirtliff
Fashion: Nicole Kluthe

RED DEER
Hair: Angela Brososky
Esthetics: Samantha Jacobson

WINNIPEG
Hair: Tanja Unrau-Ginter
Esthetics: Jasmin Wolfe
Fashion: Sherri Cardona
CALGARY:
Esthetics: Rachel Kern- Ali
Hair: Megan Brunner
SASKATOON:
Esthetics: Tiana Cappo
Hair: Muzzafar Ali Noon

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Missed the live social media and periscope feed from each campuses graduation? Search up #mcgrad on Instagram or Twitter!

Winnipeg Fashion Design Open House

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Last week, Winnipeg MC College hosted an Open House for the Fashion Design program. Friends, family members, fashionistas and the public, came through our doors to meet the students and get a sneak preview of their New Designers Collection.

With 4 weeks left in the 12 month program, students were ecstatic to unveil their months of hard work in sketching, drafting and production. From casual to evening wear, the collections included sheer fabrics, cut-outs, lace and eye catching prints. Students drew inspiration for their clothing designs from various outlets: a visit to the art gallery, local architecture and past fashion icons etc.

Throughout the event, students received feedback on their designs, gained insight into their target market and learned how to promote themselves.

seeing their work on display gave them confidence and made them realize that their hard work over the year was paying off. The Open House will help motivate them to cross the finish line” said MC College Fashion Design Instructor, Brenda Speirs-Fryatt.

Congrats to the following students. You did an amazing job at the Open House!

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Cassandra Laroque

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Domonique Stewart

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Francesca Salenga

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Madison Tooth

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The New Designers Collection will be premiering in Fall 2014. As part of the Fashion Design program, students design, create and present their final collections, which consists of 8 original outfits, in a run-way show. Stay tuned to find out how you can attend this fashion show!

For more information about the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program, visit: http://www.mccollege.ca/fashion_program/?

 

 

MC College in the Community: May

No more winter coats, mittens and Uggs because summer is finally here! Students and Staff at MC College celebrated the new season by getting out in the sun and volunteering in their communities. Here’s what we were up to in the month of May:

Woman’s Show- Calgary, AB
Between May 2-4, MC College Hairstyling and Esthetics students did hair and makeup for 15 runway models at Calgary’s Woman’s Show. From beachey hair to radiant orchid make-up looks, students highlighted this seasons’ top trends on models as they strutted across the runway.

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Skills Alberta- Edmonton, AB
MC College was one of the most popular booths at Skills Alberta. From May 14-15, over 300 High School students from all over Alberta stopped by our booth to talk to our Admissions Advisor about the programs we offer, and to receive complimentary hair touch-ups and make-up applications. After getting ’beautified’ by our Hairstyling and Esthetics students, guests were given the opportunity to be in and direct their own photo shoot with our ‘booth neighbour’, Guru Digital Arts!

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Cuts for Cancer- Kelowna, BC

On May 23, Kelowna MC College students were invited to Kelowna Secondary High School to do haircuts for cancer. Over 30 High School students cut their hair in front of an audience of 200 people – from classmates and administrative staff to friends and families.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes- Red Deer, AB
On May 22, Red Deer MC College helped local celebrity, Vinnie Taylor from 100.7 FM, prepare for his 1 mile trek in open-toed high heels for the ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ fundraiser. Esthetics students gave Vinnie a pedicure, complete with sparkly pink nail polish to complement his fabulous stilettos and hot pink tie. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fundraiser where men walk one mile in women’s high heel shoes to raise funds for the programs and services that are offered at The Outreach Centre.

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The Princess Shop- Saskatoon, SK
On May 30th, Saskatoon Hairstyling and Esthetics students gave High School students the chance to become a princess for a day. Through The Princess Shop, 30 students were treated like royalty, as they received mini makeovers which included: a hairstyle (from Kate Middleton’s signature curls to glamorous updos), mini manicures and make-up application. The Princess Shop is a non-profit organization that helps young Women in need who are graduating from High School with a dress, accessories, and services.

Miss Teen Winnipeg- Winnipeg, MB
MC College students had a blast doing hair and make-up for 10 contestants in the Miss Teen Winnipeg pageant. Contestants rocked the latest make-up and hair trends on stage- from Marilyn Monroe red lips to tousled mermaid waves.

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Red Deer MC College Spring Graduation

Time flies by when you’re having fun. It’s hard for students to think about practical exams and mannequin work when graduation is around the corner. Throughout the month of May, the Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Red Deer, Saskatoon and Winnipeg MC College campuses each held a Spring Graduation to celebrate and recognize the achievements of their graduates.

On May 10th, I went to Red Deer’s Spring Graduation and got to experience what their grad was all about. The banquet hall was filled with friends, families, industry partners and faculty. From sky high stilettos to glitzy nails and big hair, the Hairstyling and Esthetics students were the superstars of the evening as they danced their way to the stage to their graduation song: Happy by Pharrell William. Throughout the night, toasts to Graduates, Staff, and Students’ families and friends were made.

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A picture slide show of the students played in the background, while graduates and their friends and families took selfies and group pictures at the photo booth (search #mcgrad on Instagram for more pictures!). The evening also included an awards ceremony, dinner and dance. Academic, Creative and the Frank Cairo award were a few of the awards that were handed out.

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The Frank Cairo Award is given to the student who best represents the qualities of: Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. Congratulations to the following students who received this prestigious award:

Sasakatoon: Taylor Sproxton and Jay-Lynn Zerebesky
Calgary: Sarah Petersen and Kassandra Delainey
Winnipeg: Kara Larkin
Kelowna: Amy Paxman
Red Deer: Erin Barchuk and Beth Talbot
Edmonton: Chelsea Wells

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Fun awards such as: biggest hair, most fashionable and the most talkative person were also handed out.

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MC College hosts two graduation events at each campus every year. The graduation allows the graduates, their friends and families, and the faculty and industry to come together to celebrate and recognize their achievements.

For more pictures: http://instagram.com/mccollegegroup

The Vernon MC College grad will be held on June 14th 2014.