Celebrity chef Michael Smith shares recipe for success with Niagara College grads

Michael Smith takes a selfie after receiving an Honorary Diploma in Culinary Arts from Niagara College president Dan Patterson on June 19 at the College’s afternoon convocation ceremony.

“You are graduating from the single best cooking school in Canada.”

That was what celebrity chef Michael Smith told a packed auditorium of new Niagara College graduates and their guests on the afternoon of June 19. 

Smith was the guest speaker at the ceremony where students graduated from the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute as well as its Academic and Liberal Studies Division. He gave advice to new graduates including “taste everything.”

“The secret to success is not how good you are at your career how well you master the skills of your career … the secret to your success is all about work-life balance” he said. “No matter how much energy and passion you put into your career you’ve got to have something else to put your energy and passion into.” 

Smith received an Honorary Diploma in Culinary Arts at the ceremony – one of two to take place at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus during the day which saw more than 1500 students graduate.

The morning’s ceremony featured guest speaker Christina Milan vice chair and treasurer of the Niagara Industrial Association and founder of MBS Quality Consultants. Milan who received an Honorary Diploma in Technology from the College also gave advice to new graduates from the College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies and School of Technology Studies. She encouraged them to find their passion to give 110% and that there are no failures in life – just moves in a different direction. 

“When you run away from fear you run away from the opportunities to be your best possible self” she said.

The June 19 ceremonies marked day three of Niagara College’s 2014 Spring Convocation Ceremonies which continue until Friday June 20. The final day of convocation will feature guest speakers Bill Blair chief of the Toronto Police Service (June 20 10 a.m.); and NC alumni and MUCH host Paul Lemieux (June 20 3 p.m.) who will receive Niagara College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

More than 3800 students will graduate from Niagara College during its 2014 Spring Convocation Ceremonies.



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