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June 7, 2019 10:27 AM

Conestoga celebrates Convocation 2019

Almost 7,200 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga's Spring Convocation ceremonies to be held beginning June 10. In addition to morning, afternoon and evening ceremonies at Bingemans from June 10-13, the college will also host its first-ever ceremony in Brantford on June 19 to celebrate graduates from newly expanded campus facilities in that city.   

Two honorary degrees will be awarded in conjunction with the ceremonies. Gail Smyth, long-time executive director of Skills Ontario, and the Honourable Gary Goodyear, P.C., former MP for Cambridge and past Minister of State for both Science and Technology and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, will be recognized for their outstanding leadership and contributions to education and to the community.

College-wide achievement awards will also be presented:

The Spring 2019 Conestoga College Mastercraft award will be presented to Lev Cocarell, David Pitters, Bobby Vu and Carl Wilson, graduates of the Software Engineering Technology program. The award recognizes student achievement of excellence in program-related skills. For their winning project, the team created an augmented reality software application for an industry partner, resolving some long-distance communication challenges within the business. 

The 2019 James W. Church award, which recognizes a graduating student for achievement in learning, concern for the dignity of the individual and making a personal contribution of benefit to society, will be presented to Tobechi Emerenini, a graduate of the Insurance - Property & Casualty program. In addition to excelling in academic work, Emerenini is an active volunteer, supporting vulnerable populations and individuals at risk through his work with a number of community organizations.   

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

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