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Ƶ College Honours Graduates at its 2024 Spring Convocation Ceremonies

(Ƶ Ste. Marie, ON June 4, 2024) – This week, the Ƶ College community will join to celebrate the achievements of our most recent graduates. This year, our four spring convocation ceremonies will honour more than 1725 graduates from a variety of program areas. All four convocation ceremonies will be livestreamed on our    and will remain on the channel after the live stream is over.

“Convocation is a true reflection of our graduates' hard work and dedication. As we gather, we reflect on the journey of our learners and we are reminded that the future is paved with opportunities for learning, discovery, and personal growth,” said David Orazietti, President, Ƶ College. “As our graduates step into new phases of their lives, we encourage them to continue striving for excellence and to use their experiences from Ƶ college to positively impact their respective industries and communities. On behalf of Ƶ College, we congratulate all our graduates.”

The June 4 ceremony will celebrate graduates from program areas including Business, Community Services, General Arts and Science, Justice Studies, Media and Design, and the School of Natural Environment. The June 5 ceremony will confer graduates from program areas within Business, Engineering Technology, Health, Information Technology, and Skilled Trades.

The June 6 ceremony will see graduates from a variety of Health programs while June 7 will celebrate graduates from Aviation, Business, Community Services, Culinary and Hospitality, Health, and Continuing Education. Details on specific programs celebrated at each convocation ceremony are available at .

Keynote speaker Kevin Callan will address graduates and guests at all four convocation ceremonies. Kevin Callan, also known as The Happy Camper, is the author of 19 books; his latest being Another Bend in the River: The Happy Camper’s Memoir. He is an award-winning writer and repeated keynote speaker at outdoor industry events across North America. Kevin graduated from Ƶ College’s Forestry Technician program in 1985 and was nominated by Ƶ College for an Ontario Colleges Premier’s Award in 2023. A regular educational and informative guest on several television morning shows and CBC Radio, he has won multiple film awards and writes columns for both Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine. Kevin was named one of the Top 100 Modern Day Explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society, inducted into Milton Ontario’s Walk of Fame, and named Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada.

Ƶ College employee Christina Coutu will lead attendees in the singing of our national anthem on June 4 and 5 and the Korahster’s Choir will do so for the remaining two ceremonies. Both Christina and the Korahster’s Choir will also sing a dedication song to graduates.

In keeping with Ƶ College tradition, the platform party guests, faculty and graduate procession will be led by pipers from the Soo Pipe Band. Following the presentation of liripipes and credentials, drummer Giigidoo Nimkii and the  Baawaating Jingle Dress Dancers will lead the recessional.

Graduates, along with their families and friends, will celebrate this special occasion with a reception immediately following each of the convocation ceremonies.

In addition to these four convocation ceremonies, various other Ƶ College graduates in programs located outside of the Ƶ Ste. Marie campus will be celebrated, including: Kenora and Fort Frances campuses – in partnership with Seven Generations Education Institution – on June 6, 2024, Thunder Bay – in partnership with Oshki-Pimache-O-Win – on June 6, 2024, and Toronto and Brampton Campuses on June 20, 2024.

Ƶ College congratulates all of our graduates and wishes them all the best as they embark on a new life journey.

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