Sault College Honours Graduates at its 2019 Convocation


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 while celebrating their hard work and perseverance. “Convocation is always one of the highlights of the year,” said Dr. Ron Common, Sault College President. “Our students, both past and present, have made our College what it is today and we are proud to have been able to help 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 added.

The spring convocation will welcome more than 1140 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 6 will celebrate graduates from Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing and feature keynote speaker Dr. Laura Kistemaker graduate of Sault College’s Nursing program who later went on to attend medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The June 6 afternoon ceremony will see graduates from various programs including:  Community Services, General Arts and Science, Justice Studies, and Health.  Keynote speaker Colleen Hele Cardinal, who was the recipient of a 2018 Premier’s Award in the area of Community Services and graduate of the College’s Native Community Worker Addictions Counsellor diploma program class of 2002, will address guests.

Graduates from Business, Culinary, and Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies will be honoured at the morning ceremony on June 7 and will feature keynote speaker John Dedes. John is a graduate of Sault College’s Forestry Technician and Geological Engineering Technician programs and was nominated by Sault College in 2017 for an Ontario Colleges Premier’s Award in Technology.

The afternoon ceremony of June 7 will honour graduates from Sault College’s Aviation, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Media and Design, Skilled Trades, and Continuing Education programs and include a keynote address from Jim Boniferro the President and CEO of Boniferro Mill Works in Sault Ste. Marie, who has and continues to be a strong supporter of Sault College and the Sault Ste. Marie community.

The Korahshter’s Choir will be singing the anthem and a dedication song at all four ceremonies. In keeping with Sault College tradition, the platform party guests, faculty and graduate procession will be led by the Lone Piper. Following the presentation of liripipes and credentials, the Obadjiwon Singers and the Enji Maawnjiding Dancers will lead the recessional.

Graduates, along with their families and friends, will celebrate this special occasion with a reception immediately following each of the convocation ceremonies.

All four convocation ceremonies will be live streamed on our Sault College YouTube channel, under videos. The videos will remain on the Sault College YouTube channel after the live stream is over.

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, including: Aircraft Structural Repair Technician Program in London, Ontario on April 30, Social Service Work – Native Specialization program in Thunder Bay, Ontario on June 6, 2019, and Welding Techniques program in Fort Frances, Ontario also taking place on June 6, 2019.

Sault College congratulates all of this year’s graduates and wishes them all the best as they embark on a new life journey.


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