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Grad Success

Olivia Sewell standing in a culinary kitchen in cooking attire, smiling at the camera.
Going for gold – Olivia's journey to WorldSkills Olivia Sewell (Culinary Management ’23) will be the first Nova Scotian and NSCC alum to represent Canada in cooking at WorldSkills. Find out how she made it and how our community can support her.
A woman standing on the right of a window in a dark room. A spooky man is standing outside the window in a trench coat outside with a painted ghost face.
Capturing Cape Breton’s spooky stories In six years, Dawn Wells (’03) directed her film career from homemade YouTube series to working with some of Canada’s biggest media companies. This stemmed from her radio career and lifelong learning which started at NSCC.
From left to right, Cyndi McLean (Business Admin '09), Logan MacLean (AMCA '23 and Achieve '21) and Joe MacLean (Continuing Care '23)
Father-son duo graduate together amid adversity Convocation is a proud moment for any family, often with graduates’ family cheering them on from the audience. However, the McLean family had a unique experience, where both father and son crossed the stage in June.
Two African Nova Scotian sports broadcaster sitting at a desk during a sport event.
A career of firsts Vincent Williams (RTJ '15) uses his voice to empower youth and represent his roots through his work as a sports broadcaster, football official and African Nova Scotian student support worker.
 A woman, Carrie Anne Michael, stands in front of a door.
Diverting community waste Carrie Anne Michael (Natural Resources Environmental Technology '17) is a driving force in pioneering a comprehensive waste management program that includes every household in her community, We’koqma’q First Nation.
Isabella and Jake Graves at the Marconi Campus Convocation in 2017.
Leading in Love at NSCC Isabella (ECE '17 & Applied Communication Arts '09) and Jake Graves (Therapeutic Recreation '17) went back to school together, got engaged as students and married a month after graduation. Read their NSCC love story.
Headshots of Mohammad al Masalma and Jubanti Dhan Toppo.
Grads named Most Inspiring Immigrants in Atlantic Canada Jubanti Dhan Toppo (HR Management '21) and Mohammad al Masalma (Tourism Management '18) are honourees of the 2023 Most Inspiring Immigrants in Atlantic Canada awards. Read what receiving this award means to them.
Stephanie Joline sitting on a mental staircase outside of a brick building.
A natural storyteller Stephanie Joline (RTA '04) is part of a new generation of filmmakers using their art and influence to share the stories, voices and experiences that are often forgotten.
Keandre Johnson leaning on a railing of a building covered in graffiti.
Behind the scenes Keandre Johnson (Applied Media and Communication Arts ’19, Screen Arts ’21), a TV and film production newcomer, has lent his skills to award-winning programs including Diggstown and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Male co-worker and Emma Freckelton standing on either side of The Breeze 94.1 sign on a wall.
New grad lands job as morning show host Before crossing the Convocation stage, new grad Emma Freckelton (Radio TV Journalism ‘22) landed the job as 94.1 The Breeze’s morning show host and took over the mic from her radio idol.
Ivan (left) and Justin (right) smiling for a photo inside their home.
Father & son embrace a similar path decades apart Justin Bishop and his late father, Ivan, both enrolled at COGS as mature students. While they worked in different fields, they both transitioned from physically demanding jobs to tech-based careers.
Anisa sitting on the waterfront with her arms outstretched to show her knuckle tattoo that reads create/
Pursuing her passion for creativity Anisa Francoeur (Graphic Design ’16) is making a name for herself as a graphic designer. See her bold, colourful art and learn about her creative career.
Photo of Juliet Mawusi at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
Inspiring social change through film Juliet Mawusi (Radio Television Journalism ‘21) is working to develop eye-opening documentaries to educate people and promote social change. Her documentary, Being Black in the Nova Scotian Music Industry, did just that.
Sherri on stage at her convocation receiving her diploma.
Finding empowerment in education Sherri Butler (Business Information Technology ’99, Office Administration ’00) enrolled at NSCC as a young single mother to build a better future for her son. She had a full-circle moment when she was hired by NSCC.
A headshot of Laura Roy.
Alum nominated for GRAMMYs, JUNOS and ECMA in 2022 Laura Roy (Music Arts '12) is an up-and-coming voice in alternative R&B. The singer-songwriter has released 2 EPs, multiple singles and collaborated with many artists. Learn about her latest career milestones.
Photo of the Marshall family by a fireplace.
It’s a family thing: three generations of NSCC alumni The Marshall family has three generations of NSCC alumni from more than six different programs. In 1965, Ross Marshall graduated from Bell Road Campus and recently, Ross Bartlett graduated from Ivany Campus in 2022.
Photo of Stephanie Joline on set at Night Blooms with crew and cast members
Alum feature film hits local theatre Stephanie Joline (Radio Television Arts ’04) has a feature film, Night Blooms, playing at a Halifax theatre! After graduation, Stephanie made her own career path in Nova Scotia’s film industry, where she creates space for diversity whenever possible.
Chrissi Cochrane with guitar
Crissi Cochrane shares the sweet sound of success Crissi Cochrane is a Music Business alum with over 13 million listens on Spotify. She co-founded a music co-op and is currently crowd-funding her first animated music video. But what's most impressive about Crissi is how she's giving a hand-up to others in her community as she makes her way to the top.
juno keizer in work gear
Finding community at NSCC Alum Juno Keizer, a proud father of two daughters, and recent participant in the Irving Pathways to Shipbuilding Program, shares his experience on the program and the community support that made the journey worthwhile. View his story and others as part of the NSCC Foundation Lead the Way campaign.