Grads hear messages of optimism as spring convocation wraps up

Pictured: College president Dan Patterson and vice-president Academic Steve Hudson hoods convocation speaker Zane DiSilva, recipient of an honorary degtree in International Commerce and Global Development.


Graduates from Niagara College’s Schools of Business and Management Studies and Hospitality, Tourism and Administrative Studies, were encouraged to look upon their futures with optimism during the final day of Spring Convocation at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus today.

Bermudian politician and business leader Zane DeSilva addressed graduates at the morning ceremony, while Dragan Matovic, Chairman and CEO of Halex Capital Corporation addressed graduates in the afternoon. DeSilva was presented with an Honorary Degree in International Commerce and Global Development, while Matovic received an Honorary Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Despite the challenging economic times that served as the backdrop to the graduates’ College experience, DeSilva encouraged graduates to look to the future with optimism and grasp the opportunities that await.

“This is not the time for pessimism or doubt,” he said. “This is the time for enthusiasm, this is the time for creativity and this is the time for hard work.”

Matovic took the opportunity to urge graduates to settle in Niagara, as they pursue new lives and careers. He recalled his own childhood in communist Yugoslavia, and contrasted that experience with the stability, economic opportunities, cultural experiences and other amenities in Canada and Niagara.

“When planning our future, give strong consideration to settling here in Niagara,” he said. “Niagara can provide a quality of life that compares with the best places in the world.”

More than 3,000 students graduated during Niagara College’s Spring Convocation Ceremonies this week. The ceremonies ran from June 19 to 22 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.


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