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NSCC celebrates graduates across province

May. 31, 2022 – Media Release

Halifax, N.S. — More than 4,000 students will graduate from Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) during 20 convocation ceremonies taking place across the province from June 6 to 17, 2022.

All ceremonies will be live-streamed at and will also be available on YouTube in the days following the event.

“Convocation is the culmination of our students’ hard work, determination and perseverance during these challenging times,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux. “It’s an honour to celebrate this important milestone in each graduate’s journey to achieving fulfillment in their lives and careers.”

In addition to the awarding of credentials, 23 students will be honoured as valedictorians. A full list of names and profiles for each valedictorian can be found at

Five major awards will also be presented at each ceremony to highlight student success and academic achievement:

  • The NSCC Board of Governors’ Award
  • The NSCC President’s Award
  • The NSCC Gold Medal
  • The NSCC Alumni Award
  • The Governor General’s Academic Medal

Four outstanding Nova Scotians will also be presented with honorary diplomas — the highest form of recognition presented by NSCC. Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the community and the College.

The 2022 honorary diploma recipients are:

  • Sylvia Parris-Drummond | School of Access, Education and Language
    Sylvia Parris-Drummond is CEO of the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, which is dedicated to fostering change and creating opportunities for Black/African Nova Scotian learners and communities. Read more about Sylvia Parris-Drummond.
  • Claudette Legault | School of Access, Education and Language
    Claudette Legault is the founding Executive Director of the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association, which merged with another organization to form the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Read more about Claudette Legault.
  • Catherine MacLean | School of Business and Creative Industries
    Cathy MacLean retired from NSCC in 2019 as the Vice President, Campus and Communities. During her 31 years at the College — as a faculty member, vice-principal, department head and the College’s first prior learning assessment and recognition coordinator — Cathy was integral to shaping NSCC into the modern College it is today. Read more about Catherine MacLean.
  • Saeed A. El-Darahali | School of Technology and Environment
    Saeed A. El-Darahali is a thought-leader in Nova Scotia’s technology economy and the President and CEO of SimplyCast. As the past chair of youth retention and immigration activities for the OneNS Coalition, Saeed helped develop Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians. His many awards include recognition as a top 50 Atlantic Canadian CEO. Read more about Saeed A. El-Darahali.

About Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 140 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 83% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For more information

Kathleen Cameron, Manager of External Relations, NSCC