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NSCC Convocation 2017 – celebrating graduates across Nova Scotia

May 31, 2017 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – Students at Nova Scotia Community College's (NSCC) 13 campuses will receive certificates or diplomas at convocation ceremonies taking place across the province from June 6 to 16, 2017. Approximately 4,500 students are expected to participate in the 18 individual ceremonies.

"NSCC is committed to the success and fulfilment of every student—in education, in career and in life," says NSCC President Don Bureaux. "When our students succeed, we succeed. It’s important for us to stop and celebrate all that our students have accomplished on their journey with us, and mark the point at which they begin the next chapter of their lives."

As part of the ceremony, a number of awards will be presented to highlight student success and academic achievement. These will include the NSCC Board of Governors’ Award, the NSCC President’s Award, and the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

The College will also present four outstanding citizens with honorary diplomas. Individuals are chosen for their contributions to the community and the College. An honorary diploma is the highest award presented by NSCC. The 2017 recipients are:

  • Sarah Teresa MacNeil, School of Trades & Technology, Strait Area Campus
    Born and raised in Johnstown, Cape Breton, Dr. Sarah Teresa MacNeil is a leader in community development and an ardent promoter of life-long learning and adult education in Nova Scotia. She is well known for her fairness and common sense, tireless volunteerism and her unwavering commitment to Cape Breton Island.
  • Marilyn More, School of Health & Human Services, Waterfront Campus
    Marilyn More is a champion for public and post-secondary education, healthy communities and social justice, and has made a significant contribution as a leader in her community and across the province. Throughout her career and in her volunteer work – including her work as an educator, school board member, MLA and Minister of Government – she has demonstrated unstoppable fervour in her efforts to help improve the lives of Nova Scotians.
  • Carol Snider, School of Business, Waterfront Campus
    Carol Snider is a true leader. Her belief in education, community and health has inspired her to make contributions that continue to have an impact on others today. As the first person in her family to graduate with a post-secondary education, she knows an education can make the difference in the ability to achieve one’s goals. Today, she is known as a generous benefactor to many educational and community organizations who invest in positive futures for others.
  • Wes "Maestro" Williams, School of Access, Akerley Campus
    Wes "Maestro" Williams is a national Hip Hop legend – Maestro Fresh Wes – and is considered the Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop. He has also made his mark as an actor and as a motivational speaker. Mr. William's book, Stick to Your Vision: How to Get Past the Hurdles & Haters to Get Where You Want to Be, has become an important part of the Adult Learning Program curriculum at Akerley Campus.

All NSCC convocation ceremonies will be live-streamed at: https://www.nscc.ca/about_nscc/convocation/webcast/index.asp

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120+ programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 88% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 90% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

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NSCC Communications Advisor

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Manager, External Relations


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