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October 25, 2019 3:38 PM

Conestoga celebrates Fall Convocation 2019

More than 3,000 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga’s Fall 2019 convocation ceremonies to be held October 27 - 28 at Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Kitchener.

A number of college-wide awards will be presented during the evening ceremony on Sunday, October 27.

Taylor Wintle of Cambridge will receive the Fall 2019 Conestoga College Mastercraft award for excellence in program-related technical skills. A graduate of the Bachelor of Interior Design program, Wintle designed an innovative rehabilitation centre for first responders seeking mental and physical health-care treatment. In addition to providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for treatment, the centre includes social aspects as a first step towards recovery and reintegration.

Jonathan Collie of Waterloo will be presented the President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership. New this year, the award recognizes a student who has demonstrated positive leadership through their contributions to the program, the college or the community, and who has demonstrated support to students and the development of future student leaders.

Daria Forsiuk, a graduate of the Architecture - Project and Facility Management program, will receive the 2019 President’s Scholar award for the graduating student who achieves the highest academic grade average for all courses in a degree program. Forsiuk, who came to Canada from the Ukraine to pursue studies in architecture, is the first international student to receive the award. She completed her studies with an overall academic average of 92.8 per cent.

Carlo Sgro, a faculty member in Conestoga’s School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology, will receive the 2019 Aubrey Hagar Distinguished Teaching award. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning at Conestoga. Sgro began his teaching career at Conestoga in the mid-1990s, and has served as both instructor and coordinator in the Software Engineering Technology program since 2001.

The 2019 Governor General’s Academic Medal will be presented at the evening ceremony on Monday, October 28.

Michelle Hume of Lynden, Ontario will receive the award, which is presented each year to the graduating student from a diploma program who has achieved the highest overall academic average. Hume is graduating from the Powerline Technician program with an overall program average of 94.4 per cent.

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