Two outstanding Niagara residents and a visionary leader in the Ontario college system will receive special honours from Niagara College, as its historic Class of 2019 gains 1,300 new graduates this fall.
The pomp and circumstance will mark NC’s 2019 Fall Convocation ceremonies, to be held on October 25 at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre, with a morning ceremony to begin at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony to begin at 3 p.m.
Fall Convocation honorees will include:
Ann Buller, past-president of Centennial College, who will be awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies in recognition of her leadership in postsecondary education. Buller will also deliver a convocation address (morning ceremony);
Shane Malcolm, executive director of Leadership Niagara, who will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award and deliver a convocation address (afternoon ceremony). Malcolm, who graduated from NC’s Culinary Management (Co-op) program in 2011, and Bachelor of Applied Business Hospitality Operations Management program in 2014, is a former president of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (2014-2016) and was the College’s first international student to hold the position; and
Niagara business leader Vince DiCosimo, founder of Hospitality Fallsview Holdings (Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel, and Days Inn Fallsview Niagara Falls) who will be recognized with an Honorary Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Studies for his leadership in Niagara’s hospitality and tourism sectors (afternoon ceremony).
The morning ceremony will celebrate approximately 600 new graduates from the School of Allied Health, School of Justice and Fitness, and School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker. The afternoon ceremony will recognize approximately 700 new graduates from the School of Business and Management; School of Environment and Horticulture; School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; the Canadian Food and Wine Institute; School of Academic, Liberal and Access Studies; School of Technology; and School of Trades.
Milestone for NC community
As the ceremonies denote the end of a chapter for graduating students, the fall ceremonies will mark a special milestone for the College community as the final convocation for Dan Patterson as president of the College. The dynamic and visionary Niagara leader, who has been NC’s longest-serving president, announced earlier this year that he plans to conclude his tenure as president in spring 2020. Over the past 25 years, Patterson has led the College through significant transformation – including a three-fold growth in enrolment, and the development of trailblazing programs and unique learning environments that have shaped NC as a leader in Canada’s post-secondary landscape.
“For almost 25 years, I have had the privilege of congratulating thousands of our promising new graduates and shaking their hands as they cross our convocation stage. I treasure each and every one of them as part of Niagara College’s legacy of student success,” said Patterson. “Like our faculty and our staff members, I take tremendous pride in the achievements of our students and our highly-skilled graduates who are succeeding and leading in every sector of the economy. There’s a bright future ahead for our graduates and our College and I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.”
In June, more than 5,100 students graduated as part of NC’s Spring Convocation ceremonies, making the College’s Class of 2019 its largest to date. The June ceremonies also marked the College’s first graduates to earn a postsecondary credential in Commercial Cannabis Production and Artisan Distilling. Both postgraduate certificate programs launched in September 2018 as the first of their kind in Canada.
Niagara College’s Spring Convocation Ceremonies are streamed live, and may be viewed at https://livestream.com/accounts/15502389/NCFall2019
Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.
(Source: Niagara College news release)