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2,204 graduate at Loyalist College

At the 46th annual Convocation Ceremony Thursday, June 6th  Loyalist College presented 800 successful candidates in the School of Health Sciences, Centre for Justice Studies, School of Building Sciences and School of Human Studies with diplomas, certificates and bachelors of science in nursing.

Thursdays convocation ceremonies in the morning and afternoon will be followed by two more ceremonies Friday. Altogether, 2,204 students will graduate.

The morning convocation address was delivered by Vern Haggerty,
recently retired Manager of 8 Wing Trenton’s Capital Construction Program with Defence Construction Canada (DCC). During his 30-year career with DCC, Haggerty saw CFB Trenton grow exponentially into one of Canada’s largest and busiest air bases. Before retiring in April 2013, he was involved in $385 million worth of construction contracts on a $500 million program.

“Begin with the end in mind,” said Mr. Haggerty during his speech to graduates. “Recognize the benefits of a collaborative partnership and how your relationship with your manager or co-workers can be a tool for success. As employees or entrepreneurs, you will make a difference. To the employers in the audience here today and to our future hiring managers, please give our new graduates an opportunity. I will always be thankful to the person who gave me that chance. To my fellow alumni, forget your limits and believe in your dreams. You can accomplish great things every day by striving to achieve them.”

Haggerty was presented the Hugh P. O’Neil Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of his community leadership during the last three decades. Alumni Association President Rosemary Rooke presented the award,  named after Hugh P. O’Neil in 1998 by the board of governors, in honour of his leadership as chair of the College’s ‘Foundations for the New Millennium’ Campaign.

The afternoon convocation address was delivered by David MacKinnon, retired CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association. He served as director, planning and economics and executive director, development strategy, in the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development. He also served in several senior capacities for the Ontario Public Service, the Bank of Montreal.

MacKinnon shared five suggestions from his own life that he hoped would prove useful to the graduating class:
–    Reinforce constructive behaviour in others;
–    Think outside the box;
–    Dream about what could be and dream big;
–    Recognize that it is healthy to be paranoid; and
–    Help build community by strengthening public institutions, like Loyalist College.

“In many ways, the face of this community is the architecture of the Loyalist campus,” said MacKinnon to graduates. “However, the central role of the college is much more than a matter of appearance. Without Loyalist, the people of this community and the surrounding region would have reduced access to the skills needed to make their way in the world.”

There were 117 recipients of awards provided by private donors, businesses, industry associations, community organizations, and the Loyalist College Foundation.

“These award-winning graduates should feel exceedingly proud of their academic accomplishments and enjoy the recognition of their success today with family and friends,” said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. “What they have achieved here at the college is an indication of what they will do in the future through rewarding careers where their talents are in high demand.”

The Governor General’s Medal was presented to Sarah Cole of Belleville who graduated with a cumulative average of 97.98 percent from the two-year Community and Justice Services Worker program. The Collegiate Bronze Medal from the Governor General of Canada is presented to the student in a two or three-year college program with the highest cumulative average.  Cole also received the Community and Justice Services Faculty Award for superior attitude, academics, and aptitude.

The Herbert Young Scholarship Award was presented to Tegan Mandeville of Belleville for her outstanding academic achievement and participation in Loyalist College life. A Biotechnology Technician graduate, Mandeville also received the Biosciences Faculty Award for excellence in the program. She will be returning to Loyalist in the fall to complete her third year of the Biotechnology Technologist advanced diploma program. Valued at $750, the award is presented in recognition of Herbert Young, who was the President of Loyalist College from 1970–1988.


At the morning ceremony Friday, June 7th, the college presented 529 candidates in the School of Biosciences, School of Skilled Trades and Technology, and School of Business and Management Studies with 217 diplomas, 58 advanced diplomas, 250 certificates, and four graduate certificates. The convocation ceremony was the third of four.

The address was delivered by Carol Stewart, president and CEO of Kellogg Canada Inc.
“This room is filled with exactly the type of fresh technical knowledge and skills our country needs to compete and win in the 21st century economy,” said Stewart. “Whether it is the science whizzes in chemistry, environmental science, or biotechnology from the School of Biosciences; or the Skilled Trades grads with their sector-specific know-how; or the Business and Management leaders of the future; you all now have the skills to hit the ground running and make a real and significant contribution.”

In the afternoon’s final ceremony, the college presented 875 candidates in the School of Media, Arts and Design and School of Continuing Education with 121 diplomas, 92 advanced diplomas, 599 certificates, and 63 graduate certificates.

The convocation address was delivered by Wendy Freeman, President of CTV News.

“I never had a plan to become president of news for a major media company as I was begging for that first radio gig,” said Freeman. “But I did have a plan to take risks and say yes to things I may not otherwise have, and that’s where it’s brought me. An important life lesson I learned from Lloyd Robertson and share with you today is this: it’s all about moderation. Take everything in moderation. Things don’t happen overnight – you need to be patient. And listen. Listening is so important. Listen to those who are wiser and older than you, they really do know from experience and they have invaluable advice to pass on. I hope I’m doing that for you today.”

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