Student success was in the spotlight as Niagara College celebrated Fall Convocation on October 27.
With 967 new graduates this fall, hundreds marked the significant milestone by crossing the stage to receive their degrees, diplomas or certificates at the ceremony. The morning event, held at the Welland Campus, celebrated new graduates from 39 programs within the College’s Schools of Business and Management Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Food and Wine Sciences; Academic and Liberal Studies; Trades; Justice and Fitness Studies; Allied Health Studies; and Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies.
The College conferred an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies to prominent Niagara medical leader, Dr. Amanda Bell. Dr. Bell, who is the regional assistant dean of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Campus, addressed graduates “on the threshold of their next grand adventure” and assured them that they are prepared for the journey ahead.
“You have spent your time at Niagara College gaining the skills and strength and contacts necessary to navigate all of these twists and turns. You are equipped,” she said. “Be excited at new opportunities. It is often the changes in direction that will lead you to the most exciting and most rewarding places – places you could not have imagined when you set out on this journey.”
Dr. Bell also encouraged the graduates to take risks, step to the front of the line, steer their career new directions and help others along the way.
“I challenge you, as Niagara College graduates, as those who are strong and equipped in your fields, to be leaders on this journey whenever possible,” she said.
Niagara College president Dan Patterson spoke of the vital role the new college graduates will have in their chosen fields and in the world around them.
“If you look through the pages of our convocation program today you will see a breadth of schools and areas of study that reflects the major industry sectors of Niagara, Ontario and beyond, and reaches all corners of our society,” said Patterson. “It is you, graduates, who will help drive our economy and future prosperity, because it is college graduates who make our communities work, and in no place is that more evident than right here in Niagara.”
The new fall graduates join more than 4,600 who graduated from the College’s Spring Convocation ceremonies in June as part of NC’s Class of 2017.