Miguel Ramos

Spring Convocation: Journalism Grad Shares his Passion for the Camera

By Susan Hickman

Miguel Ramos anticipates a rewarding career in television, he says, thanks to the prestige of Carleton’s Journalism program and the tremendous opportunities it offered him to work in the industry during his studies.

As the 22-year-old Chancellor Scholarship winner graduates with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, with minors in History and Canadian Studies, he says it’s one of the best decisions he ever made.

“I have had a keen interest in telling stories and sharing people’s stories with the broader community ever since I was little,” says Ramos, who volunteered with CBC-TV in his hometown of Vancouver while he was in high school.

He says he has grown both personally and professionally while at Carleton. After his first year, he landed an internship at Global Vancouver, which turned into full-time work during subsequent summers and Christmas breaks. At the beginning of his final year, he began working as a producer for CTV News and covered the Quebec mosque shooting in January.

His desire to help others began in Grade 10 when he ran a toy drive which was so successful it carries on today, seven years later.

“It was nice to leave such a wonderful little legacy at that school,” says Ramos, who continued to help others by sharing his passion for journalism with hundreds of students as a program recruiter and campus tour guide.

Now that he has completed his degree Ramos has returned to Vancouver, where he hopes to continue a career in television, eventually in front of the camera. He credits Carleton’s Journalism program for his success.

“My degree and the experiences I had will open door after door after door, and I can’t wait to pry each one open to see what wonderful adventures lie ahead.”

Carleton University will graduate about 3,580 students and confer 13 honorary degrees during ceremonies taking place from June 13 to June 16, 2017.  Carleton, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has grown from a small college in 1942 to a leading post-secondary institution today, one that has provided a unique educational experience to 140,000 graduates.