Keyvan Khadem was so impressed with the education he got at Okanagan College, he decided to move his construction company here.
Khadem is one of more than 600 students who will be acknowledged at OC convocation ceremonies in Kelowna this weekend. The civil engineering technology grad will also address the graduating class.
Khadem owns a construction and development company, Bosso Developments Ltd., that’s currently located in Vancouver and specializes in residential development.
He originally moved to Vancouver from Iran to pursue a career in medicine. After exploring that career path, he realized it wasn’t the right fit and decided to pursue his other passion, construction.
“I’ve always really enjoyed construction, and decided to start my own company,” says Khadem. “I knew I would be more respected in this field if I gained more knowledge in it, so I decided to enrol at Okanagan College. I love the lifestyle here so much that I’ve decided to move my company here.”
On Saturday, Khadem will graduate with distinction from the civil engineering technology diploma program.
After completing his two-year diploma program, Khadem has chosen to seek a four-year degree and will continue his education at UBC Okanagan.
“I’m not the same person that I was two years ago,” says Khadem. “OC shaped me into a better version of myself. The way I speak, the way I carry myself, the way I present myself to people, and to my industry . . . I’m just so grateful for this experience.”
Saturday’s ceremonies mark the fourth and fifth of eight convocation ceremonies that the college will host this year. The first convocation begins at 10:30 a.m. and will honour students from arts, health, technologies, science and computer science programs. The afternoon ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m. and will recognize students from the School of Business.
Students attending the morning ceremony will hear from former Westbank First Nation chief Robert Louie, who is one of OC’s 2019 Honorary Fellows. After being recognized with the Distinguished Service Award at the afternoon ceremony, retired Okanagan College School of Business dean Heather Banham will address the next wave of business leaders.
Both ceremonies on Saturday will be livestreamed on the college’s Facebook page.