Military officer to address grads at fall convocation Oct 28

Deputy commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group Captain (N) Rebecca Patterson be the guest speaker at NC's fall convocation ceremony. Image by: MCpl Frieda VanPutten Copyright© 2012, DND-MND Canada.

Almost 800 graduates will receive diplomas at Niagara College’s fall convocation ceremony October 28 at the Welland campus where they will be addressed by Capt. (N) Rebecca Patterson, a distinguished Niagara College graduate and deputy commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group.

The ceremony marks the graduation of students from the schools of Business and Management Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Food and Wine Sciences; Academic and Liberal Studies; Media, Trades and Technology Studies; Justice and Fitness Studies; Allied Health Studies; Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies; and, Part-Time Studies.

Patterson, who will be presented with the NC Distinguished Alumni Award, obtained her diploma in Nursing in 1987 from Niagara College and BScN/PCNP certificate from the University of Ottawa in 1997. She has had a long, distinguished and rewarding career in the Canadian Armed Forces, first enrolling as a critical care nursing officer in 1989. In 2016, she was appointed to her current position as deputy commander of the Forces Health Services Group. She has served on overseas missions and in February 2014 was recognized for her work in Afghanistan and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada. Patterson is an active member of the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Canadian College of Health Leaders and on the Board of Directors, Accreditation Canada. Most recently, she received the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Health Sciences for Ontario college graduates.

The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre with a reception to follow in the Learning Commons. The ceremony will be streamed live at

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degrees and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. For more information, visit

Niagara College Fall Convocation

Athletic Centre, Welland Campus, 100 Niagara College Blvd

Friday, October 28, 10 a.m.

A total of 760 graduates
Guest Speaker/Recipient of Distinguished NC Alumni Award: Capt. (N) Rebecca Patterson
Chair of Convocation, Carolyne Watts, NC Board of Governors

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