Niagara College to celebrate Spring Convocation Ceremonies June 21-24

Niagara College to celebrate Spring Convocation Ceremonies June 21-24

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 15:00 to Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:00

Niagara College is preparing to celebrate its largest graduating class to date.

More than 4,570 students will graduate at the College's Spring Convocation Ceremonies, to be held June 21-24 at the Welland Campus.

"Convocation is the highlight of our academic year and a celebration of our students' success as they move on to the next phase of their lives, whether it's a successful career or another step on their educational journey," said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. "These are the highly-skilled graduates who will drive the future success of our key industries and sectors, and contribute to all corners of our society."

Graduates and their guests will hear from a roster of distinguished business and community leaders who will deliver convocation addresses and receive special honours from the College.

Tuesday, June 21

  *   3 p.m.

School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Canadian Food and Wine Institute

Speaker: David Penny, executive chef at Signature Retirement Living, who will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award;

Wednesday, June 2

  *   10 a.m.

School of Justice and Fitness Studies, and School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies

Speaker: Ontario Provincial Police superintendent Mike McDonell, who will receive an honorary diploma in Justice Studies;

  *   3 p.m.

School of Business and Management Studies, and School of Academic and Liberal Studies

Speaker: Designer/ entrepreneur Shannon Passero, of Shannon Passero Design, (behind the fashion labels Pure Handknit and Neon Buddha, and Thorold-based retail flagship store and design studio The Post Office), who will receive an honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies;

Thursday, June 23

  *   10 a.m.

School of Allied Health Studies, and School Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies

Speaker: Jane Rufrano, CEO and CFO of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, who will receive an honorary diploma in Health Studies;

  *   3 p.m.

School of Community Services

Speaker: Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee, Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, who will receive an honorary diploma in Community Studies;

Friday, June 24

  *   10 a.m.

School of Media Studies, School of Technology Studies, and School of Trades

Speaker: Paul Charette, chair of the Board of Directors (and former CEO) at Bird Construction, who will receive an honorary diploma in Technology Studies.

Niagara College's convocation ceremonies be streamed live at<>

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit