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June 5, 2017 10:42 AM

Conestoga celebrates Convocation 2017

Almost 4,600 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga's Spring Convocation ceremonies to be held June 5-8 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener.

Distinguished alumni from programs in engineering and information technology, 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 6, Larry Smith, adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo and president of Essential Economics Corporation, will be presented with an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding achievements and leadership in education and service to support business and community development.

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

The Conestoga College Mastercraft award will be presented to Jessie Boudreau of Uxbridge and Eric Wallace of Mount Brydges, graduates of the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program, at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 7. The award recognizes student achievement of excellence in program-related skills. For their winning project, Boudreau and Wallace created an atmospheric water generator that condenses moisture from the air and pumps it through a filtration system to produce potable water.

The Aubrey Hagar Distinguished Teaching award will be presented to Professor Pam Hall from the School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 8. Hall has been a full-time faculty member in the Respiratory Therapy program since 2009 and was recently awarded a fellowship from the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists in recognition of her significant contributions to the development of the science and profession of respiratory therapy as well as her commitment to lifelong learning.

The James W. Church award will be presented to Kelly Annets of Kitchener at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 8. She is graduating from the Recreation & Leisure Services program. The 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.

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