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November 16, 2017 7:48 AM

Conestoga celebrates Fall Convocation 2017

Almost 1,600 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga’s Fall 2017 convocation ceremonies to be held on Thursday, November 16 at Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Kitchener.

Don Gosen, 1974 graduate of Conestoga’s Air & Water Resources Technology program and retired president of Gosen Electric, will address graduating classes at both the afternoon and evening ceremonies.

The 2:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from Conestoga’s Business & Hospitality, Health & Life Sciences and Community Services, Language & Communications Studies, Liberal Studies and Media & Design programs.

During the ceremony, Marci Nicolaisen of Waterloo will be presented with the 2017 Governor General’s Academic Medal for the graduating student with the highest academic average for all courses in a diploma program. Nicolaisen earned straight A+ grades in every course throughout her studies in the Early Childhood Education program, graduating in Spring 2017 with a final average of 97 per cent.  She is now working as an Early Years Program Facilitator for the Highland Stirling Community Group in Kitchener.

The 7:00 p.m. ceremony will recognize new graduates from Engineering Technology, Information Technology and Trades & Apprenticeship programs.

Ryan McKenzie of Prince Edward County will be presented with the 2017 President’s Scholar award for the graduating student who achieves the highest academic grade average for all courses in a degree program. McKenzie is graduating from the Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Systems Engineering program. He completed his studies with a final average of 93 per cent and is now working towards his Master of Applied Science - Mechanical Engineering degree at Carleton University. 

Zack Snoei of St. Catharines will be presented with the Conestoga College Mastercraft award for student achievement of excellence in program-related skills. Snoei, who will graduate from the Woodworking Technology co-op program at the ceremony, designed and crafted a liquor cabinet inspired by Japanese design elements that was chosen by judges as the top entry in Conestoga’s 2017 Summer Tech Showcase. He is now working as an installer for Neff Cabinetry out of Toronto.

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