The valedictorians of George Brown College’s Class of 2018

George Brown College’s convocation ceremonies are happening June 11 – 15, 2018 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. See the full schedule at

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Here’s what four of our 2018 valedictorians said about the honour: 

Adriane Chalastra

Valedictorian 2018_Adriane Chalastra

ASL-English Interpreter
Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood 

"This has been quite a year! It has been so exciting to be a part of the ASL-English Interpreter program, and I have learned more over the last three years than I could have ever imagined. I owe this day to the Deaf community, and I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of such a generous community. I feel very honoured to have been chosen as this year’s valedictorian, and I can’t wait to find out where this journey takes all of us!" 

Sarah Hough 

Valedictorian 2018_Sarah Hough

Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services)
Centre for Business 

"My experience at George Brown has seen its fair share of both challenges and successes. Beyond what I took away from the classroom I learned a lot about myself and who I am as a person. My time at George Brown would not be what it was without the people I formed friendships with, collaborated with, or learned from. My experience was made richer by those professors who invest their time and effort into their work (and our futures) because they believe in us and want to see us succeed. I survived these years because of the friends I made along the way." 

Jerrica Tyrene Paez 

Valedictorian 2018_Jerrica Tyrene Paez

Early Childhood Education
Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood

"Throughout my time at George Brown College, the faculty, student groups, and my fellow classmates have shown me that I am competent and capable of whatever I set my mind and heart to accomplish. I have learned so much, not only intellectually, but emotionally and spiritually, as well. George Brown College provides everyone with an opportunity to grow in all aspects of life and for that I am eternally grateful." 

Rachel Walker 

Valedictorian 2018_Rachel Walker

Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology
Centre for Health Sciences 

"My time at George Brown has been the most challenging yet fulfilling part of my educational journey so far. Not only did my professors and classmates inspire me to be the very best I can be in my field, but they also encouraged and taught me to believe in myself, and I can’t begin to express my appreciation for that. It is an absolute honor to be representing such a hard-working group of students and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!" 

2018 Valedictorians 

Chelsea Carcone, Architectural Technology, Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies 

Adriane Chalastra, American Sign Language Interpreter English, Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood

Isabel Ann Gertler, Jewellery Arts, Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology 

Anne Margaret Hewitt, Culinary Management – Nutrition, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts 

Sarah Hough, Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services), Centre for Business

Jerrica Tyrene Paez,  Early Childhood Education, Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood 

Marta Pizzirani, Food and Beverage Management, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts 

Emily Torchia, Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas, Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies

Rachel Walker, Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology, Centre for Health Sciences