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October 29, 2016 5:43 AM

Conestoga celebrates Fall Convocation 2016

Almost 1,650 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga’s Fall 2016 convocation ceremonies to be held on Saturday, October 29 at Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Kitchener.

Peter Benninger, chair of the college’s Board of Governors, will address graduating classes at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies, and President John Tibbits will present a number of college awards.

The 10:00 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from Conestoga’s Business & Hospitality, Health & Life Sciences and Community Services, Liberal Studies and Media & Design programs.

During the ceremony, Elizabeth Barrett of Kitchener will be announced as the 2016 recipient of the President’s Scholar award for the graduating student who achieves the highest academic grade average for all courses in a degree program. Barrett graduated from the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Audit and Information Technology in Spring 2016, completing her studies with an overall GPA of 3.95. She is now employed as an associate at PwC Canada and working towards her professional CPA designation.

The 2:00 p.m. ceremony will recognize new graduates from Engineering, Information Technology and Trades & Apprenticeship programs.

Thomas Reimer of Waterloo will be presented with the 2016 Governor General’s Academic Medal for the graduating student with the highest academic average for all courses in a diploma program. Reimer earned straight A+ grades in every course throughout two years of study in the Renovation Technician program, graduating in Spring 2016 with a final average of 97 per cent. He is now working full-time with Menno S. Martin.

Amy Meyers of Waterloo will be presented with the Conestoga College Mastercraft award for student achievement of excellence in program-related skills. Meyers, who will graduate from the Bachelor of Interior Design program at the ceremony, designed an Early Learning Centre featuring multisensory design features to help children with vision impairments meet early developmental goals. She is currently working as a junior designer with O’Connor Group Commercial Interiors.

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