Sunday was a day of celebration for students and families throughout southern Manitoba.

Canadian Mennonite University held their graduation exercises at Immanuel Pentecostal Church on Sunday afternoon.

81 graduates walked across the stage to receive their degrees.

Mr. Adrian Jacobs spoke to those gathered, touching on Proverbs 24:13‭-‬14, and the bright future ahead of those graduating thanks to the wisdom gained through their hard work.

Meanwhile, in Otterburne, Providence University College celebrated as well, with 60 graduates, while the seminary had 27 grads.

Jakob Lepp was the 2017 Alumni of the Year. Lepp has spent a good part of his life serving indigenous communities in northwest Paraguay, and he credits his Providence education for his success in his work.

Providence also named former Member of Parliament for Kildonan — St. Paul as this year's winner of the Distinguished Christian Leadership Award.