SFU Graduation 2015-1

Yay me! This week I have a second feather in my graduation cap. Although I completed the Copy Editing certification program from Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Vancouver campus in August, the graduation ceremony was held last night at the SFU Harbour Centre.

This self-paced continuing studies program has taken me four years to complete via evening and weekend courses. I would have liked to have finished quicker, but the cost of some of these courses can get steep (case in point: Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions, a whopping $850!). Nevertheless, I am very proud to have finally finished the program, one that involves 130 hours of core courses and 20 hours of electives.

SFU Graduation 2015-2

Going through the courses, I learned everything from editing basics, substantive editing, and advanced grammar to writing and editing for the web.

Although many of the courses are offered online, I felt it vital to be part of a classroom environment in order to learn from fellow classmates and to have face-to-face time with the instructors (the exception is the Final Project, an exam only offered online). That final project kept me busy for much of the summer, and I was thrilled when my final grade came through (a B!), signaling the end of the program — and a lovely parchment certificate at last night’s graduation ceremony.

SFU Graduation 2015-3

Since finishing the editing program, I’ve been able to take on copy editing clients, as well as practice what I’ve learned on a daily basis via content creation on Vancouverscape. If you’re ever in the need (or know of someone) who might be interested in copy editing/proofreading services, you now know where to look!


  • Comment by czarina lobo — January 29, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

    Congratulations Ariane, well done. Now I can take all your notes…just kidding….bet it would take me much much longer than your short four years.

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — January 29, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

    Thanks, sweetie! It’s been a nice long climb, and certainly many years since my last stint as a student! Hope you’re all doing well 🙂

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