Over the next two days, friends, family and the Sault College community will join together to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Sault College’s newest graduates at its annual spring convocation ceremonies.
Each ceremony will honour graduates from various programs for their hard work and perseverance. “Convocation is a truly special highlight of the year,” says Dr. Ron Common, Sault College President. “These students are an integral part of our community and we are so proud to have helped them find their passions. Today we celebrate their successes and it is with great pride that we watch as their academic journey at Sault College comes full circle. On behalf of Sault College, I congratulate each graduate on this great achievement and wish them all the best as they begin a new chapter,” he adds.
The spring convocation will welcome more than 960 graduates to the Sault College alumni family and each ceremony will feature inspiring addresses from notable keynote speakers.
The ceremony on the morning of June 1 will celebrate graduates from various programs including: Business, Continuing Education, Information Technology, and Media and Design and will feature keynote speaker Kristina Lengyel, Vice President, Global Professional Services, Kronos, and graduate of Sault College’s Computer Engineering Technology program.
Graduates from Aviation, Engineering Technology, Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies, and Skilled Trades, will be honoured at the afternoon ceremony on June 1. Tracey Cooke, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre will address the congregation as the keynote speaker.
The morning ceremony on Friday, June 2 will see graduates from Sault College’s Health Programs and include a keynote address from Krysta Cameron, BScN MN PHC-NP (RNEC), who pursued her dream of becoming a nurse at Sault College. Friday afternoon will honour graduates from Community Services, Culinary and Hospitality, General Arts and Sciences and Justice Studies, and feature keynote speaker Darren Madahbee, RSSW, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation Health Centre, a Sault College Social Service Worker, Native Specialization graduate.
In keeping with Sault College tradition, the platform party guests, faculty and student procession will be led by the Lone Piper. Following the presentation of liripipes and diplomas, the White Thunder Women from the local Ojibwe community will perform an honour drum song, and Obadjiwon singers and the Baawaating Community Jingle Dress Dancers will lead the recessional. Students, along with their families and friends, will celebrate this special occasion with a reception immediately following each of the convocation ceremonies.
In addition to these four convocation ceremonies, various other Sault College graduates in programs located outside of the Sault Ste. Marie campus have been celebrated through the past few months, including: Aircraft Structural Repair Technician Program in London, Ontario on April 28, and Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Toronto, Ontario on May 25.
June will also see the convocation of graduates from the Welding Techniques Program in Fort Frances, Ontario, Social Service Worker – Native Specialization Program in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Anishinaabemowin Immersion Program in Fort Frances, Ontario and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Program in North Bay, Ontario.
Sault College congratulates all of this year’s graduates and wishes them all the best as they embark on a new life journey.