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June 6, 2016 12:05 PM

Conestoga Celebrates Spring Convocation

More than 4,300 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga's Spring Convocation ceremonies to be held June 6-9 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener.

Distinguished alumni from programs in engineering and information technology, media, health care and community services will address the graduating classes, extending an official welcome for Conestoga’s newest graduates to the college’s alumni community.

On Tuesday, June 7, Maureen Cowan, co-CEO of Princeton Holdings, will be presented with an honorary degree in recognition of her outstanding achievements and leadership in business and public service as well as her tremendous support for Conestoga, our programs and our students.

In conjunction with the ceremonies, President John Tibbits will also present a number of college-wide achievement awards.

The James W. Church award will be presented to Joanne Hookumchand of Cambridge at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 7. She is graduating from the Small Business Ventures program. The James W. Church award, established by Conestoga’s founding president, recognizes excellence in a combination of areas: achievement in learning, concern for the dignity of the individual and a personal contribution of benefit to society.

At the 10:00 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, the Conestoga College Mastercraft award will be presented to Jason Green of Guelph, Richard Lester of Kitchener and Brandon Martin of Kitchener, graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology program. The Mastercraft award recognizes student achievement of excellence in program-related skills. For their winning project, Green, Lester and Martin created a Universal Sorting System that uses a smart camera and PLC logic to identify and sort parts based on shape, colour and other criteria. This automated system can help companies reduce human error and materials costs while saving production time.

The Aubrey Hagar Distinguished Teaching Award will be presented to Professor Mary Elizabeth Roth from the School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony on June 9. She has been part of the Nursing faculty at Conestoga since 1984 and is widely recognized as a leader in nursing education. Professor Roth has also been honoured by the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) for her outstanding contributions to the future of practical nursing and her positive impact on the careers of many nurses as well as the people for whom they provide care.

All Convocation ceremonies will be live-streamed and available through the Conestoga website

For more information and a full schedule of ceremonies, visit the Convocation website