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NSCC celebrates graduates across NS at Convocation 2018

May 29, 2018 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will celebrate over 4,500 graduates from its 13 campuses at 21 convocation ceremonies across the province. The ceremonies will be held from June 5 to June 18, 2018.

"NSCC is committed to giving students the tools and experience they need to succeed in their programs and beyond," says NSCC President Don Bureaux. "Convocation is an exciting time and a chance for us to celebrate each student's success and reflect on all they have accomplished as they embark on the next leg of their journey."

A number of awards recognizing student achievement will be presented as part of the ceremonies. These include the NSCC President's Award, the NSCC Board of Governors' Award and the Governor General's Academic Medal. New this year, the NSCC Alumni Rising Star Award will also be presented to a student at each campus.

The College will also award its highest distinction and grant honorary diplomas to four exemplary leaders in recognition of their contributions to the community and NSCC. The 2018 recipients are:

Elder Albert Marshall, School of Trades and Technology, Strait Area Campus
As a young boy, Albert Marshall was taken from his family and placed in the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. He was profoundly affected by the experience and it led him on a lifelong quest to connect with and understand both the culture he was removed from, and the culture he was forced into. Through a guiding principle that he conceived, Two-Eyed-Seeing or Etuaptmumk, Albert asks that we learn to see from one eye with the strength of the Indigenous peoples, and see from the other eye with the strength of Western knowledge – using both eyes for the benefit of all. Etuaptmumk greatly impacted the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its 2016 report, which called on educational institutions, like NSCC, to expand their contributions to the elimination of education and employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Rick Hansen, School of Access, Annapolis Valley Campus
Rick Hansen is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all. Best known as the "Man In Motion" for undertaking an epic, two-year, 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair, Rick is also the Founder & CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation — an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities. In 2017, the Foundation officially launched an innovative accessibility certification program to help improve access to built environments. In February 2018, NSCC announced that it would begin delivering the professional training component of the program.

Natalie MacMaster, School of IT & Creative Industries, Strait Area Campus
An acclaimed fiddler, author, radio-show host and business mogul, Natalie MacMaster has helped transform Nova Scotia – Cape Breton in particular – into an internationally-recognized region for folk, traditional, Celtic and Gaelic music and culture. With a heart as big as the sound produced by her fiddle, Natalie has long combined her talent with her generous spirit to make a difference in the lives of others. As a positive representative of Nova Scotian heritage, culture and music, Natalie MacMaster has enhanced the province socially, culturally and economically, and has found success internationally — all while continuing to do what she loves.

Dr. J. Colin Dodds, School of Access, Akerley Campus
Although best known as the 33rd President Emeritus of Saint Mary's University, Dr. J. Colin Dodds has spent more than four decades making considerable contributions to the post-secondary education sector. As a former Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP), Dr. Dodds was a staunch advocate for increasing collaboration and cooperation among Nova Scotia's universities and NSCC. He argued that the College, alongside our province's universities, plays a strategic role in driving regional, national and international economic growth. It is through his championing and encouragement that the collaborative era experienced in Nova Scotia's post-secondary education sphere began to flourish.

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 plus 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 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

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