Almost 800 to graduate at Fall Convocation ceremony October 30

Almost 800 graduates will receive diplomas during Niagara College’s Fall Convocation ceremony, October 30 at the Welland Campus.

The ceremony will honour graduates from the schools of Academic and Liberal Studies; Allied Health Studies; Business and Management Studies; Part-Time Studies; English Language Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Food and Wine Sciences; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Justice and Fitness Studies; Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies; and Trades.

“Convocation is a time to celebrate our students’ success,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “It is truly the highlight of our academic year.”

Suzanne Johnston, president of the Niagara Health System, will receive an Honorary Diploma in Health Sciences at the ceremony, and will also deliver the convocation address. Johnston, who became president of the NHS in 2014, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in health care and government. As president of the NHS, she is committed to volunteer, staff, physician and community engagement, and is helping to shape the NHS to be a leader in Canadian healthcare.

The ceremony takes place at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Learning Commons. The ceremony will 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 Part-Time Studies 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


Suzanne Johnston bio

Suzanne Johnston, president of the Niagara Health System (NHS), is dedicated to the community of Niagara and bringing quality healthcare to its residents, visitors, and more.
With an extensive resume and more than 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare and government, Johnston continues to build strong relationships and trust within the community. With her commitment to volunteer, staff, physician, and community engagement, Johnston is helping to shape the NHS to be a leader in Canadian healthcare.
Prior to her current role with NHS, Johnston served as vice president, clinical programs, and chief nursing officer at Northern Health Authority, an organization serving northern British Columbia offering healthcare and community services, as well as specialized services to diverse populations including aboriginal Canadians. In addition, she served as chief operating officer for Northern Health Authority’s northwest region.
Johnston obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of New Brunswick and completed her doctoral studies at the College of Nursing, University of Arizona. She has also participated in executive education at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.


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