With almost 3,000 students set to receive their diplomas, degrees or certificates – about 700 more graduates than last year – this spring will mark the biggest convocation ever at Niagara College.
Convocation will be held over a four-day period between Tuesday, June 14 and Friday, June 17 at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus (135 Taylor Rd., NOTL). Two ceremonies will be held each day, including a morning ceremony to begin at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony to begin at 3 p.m.
This year’s convocation ceremonies will draw a roster of distinguished guest speakers to Niagara College, including:
Garth Whyte, President and CEO of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, who will be presented with an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business – Hospitality Operations Management Degree (June 14, morning ceremony);
Kerry Painter, President and General Manager at Scotiabank Convention Centre, who will be presented with an Honorary Graduate Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management (June 14, afternoon ceremony);
Wendy Southall, Chief of Police for the Niagara Regional Police Service, who will be presented with an Honorary Diploma in Policing and Security (June 15, morning ceremony);
Dr. Jack Lightstone, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University, who will be presented with an Honorary Degree in Applied Studies (June 15, afternoon ceremony);
Gerald Butts, President and CEO of WWF-Canada, who will be presented with an Honorary Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration (June 16, morning ceremony);
Bob McDonald, CBC host, Canadian author and science journalist, who will be presented with an Honorary Diploma in Environment, Media and Technology Studies (June 16, afternoon ceremony);
James Chatto, celebrated food/wine writer, editor and author, who will be presented with an Honorary Diploma in Media Studies (June 17, morning ceremony);
and Sheila Jarvis, President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, who will be presented with an Honorary Diploma in Community and Health Studies (June 17, afternoon ceremony).
Speaker bios are attached below and photos of speakers are available upon request.
Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. 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 http://www.NiagaraCollege.ca.
Note to Editors: Interviews with graduates and/or speakers may be pre-arranged through Niagara College’s communications department.
Speaker bios attached
For more information contact:
Director, Marketing & Communications
905-735-2211, ext. 7567