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NSCC celebrates graduates across province

June 04, 2019 – Media Release

More than 4,500 students at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will graduate during 21 convocation ceremonies taking place across the province from June 10 to 21, 2019.

All convocation ceremonies will be live-streamed.

“Convocation is an opportunity to celebrate an important milestone in each graduate’s journey to achieving fulfilment in their lives and careers,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux. “We’re honoured to play a role by instilling skills, knowledge and experience that can spark economic and social development and innovation, and ignite a brighter future for Nova Scotia.”

In addition to certificates and diplomas, 22 students will be honoured as valedictorians. Five major College awards will also be presented at each ceremony to highlight student success and academic achievement. These are the NSCC Board of Governors’ Award, the NSCC President’s Award, the NSCC Gold Medal, the NSCC Alumni Rising Star Award and the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Six outstanding citizens will also be presented with honorary diplomas — the highest award presented by NSCC. Individuals are chosen based on their contributions to the community and the College.

The 2019 honorary diploma recipients are:

Peter Scott Gillis
School of Access

Peter Gillis is a champion for literacy and education who has worked to transform the lives and learning journeys of adult learners across Nova Scotia. As the Executive Director of the Valley Community Learning Association, Peter has helped countless individuals transition their literacy success into success at Kingstec Campus and other post-secondary institutions and build meaningful careers in their fields.

David Michael Hoffman
School of Business

David Hoffman is a business leader, community activist and philanthropist. In addition to being the Co-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited and the Bragg Group of Companies, David generously invests his time, energy and professional talents in a number of boards and committees — including the inaugural NSCC Foundation Board of Directors. He was a driving force behind the success of NSCC’s Make Way Campaign.

Gerrie Masters
School of Trades and Technology

Gerrie Masters is the architect of the policy framework that helped shape our modern community College system. As the Executive Director of the former Nova Scotia Department of Education’s Community College Branch, she transformed the province’s vocational schools and adult vocational institutes into a viable community college through the creation of the Community Colleges Act in 1996.

David Paul Saxton
School of Business

David Saxton is a Chartered Professional Accountant, community leader and avid volunteer. He is the current Chair of the NSCC Foundation Board of Directors and an enthusiastic supporter of NSCC’s Make Way Campaign. As past Chair of the NSCC Board of Governors, David positively influenced the College’s work to enhance the social and economic well-being of Nova Scotia.

Robert George Creighton Sobey
School of Business

Rob Sobey is a successful business leader, Corporate Director of Empire Company Limited and former President & Chief Executive Officer of Lawton’s Drug Stores Limited. He is a champion for education and a generous philanthropist with an unwavering support for the College. As Chair of the NSCC’s Make Way Campaign, Rob was instrumental in helping the NSCC Foundation surpass its fundraising goal of $25 million to reach over $33 million.

Barbara Ann Sarah Stegemann
School of Business

Barb Stegemann is the creator and owner of The 7 Virtues, a fragrance company that provides employment and empowerment to farmers in Afghanistan, Haiti, parts of the Middle East and Rwanda. She is known globally as a social entrepreneur and business leader dedicated to fair trade, sustainability and equity for those seeking a better life in third-world countries.

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. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 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 88% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. 

For more information

Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor, NSCC

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Danielle MacDougall, Communications Advisor, NSCC

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