Conestoga news

June 12, 2018 3:20 PM

Conestoga celebrates largest-ever Convocation

Conestoga will celebrate the achievements of more than 5,300 new graduates at Convocation ceremonies to be held from June 11-14 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener.

This is the largest and most diverse graduating class in the college’s history.

“It is an honour to recognize the achievements of Conestoga’s 50th graduating class,” said President John Tibbits. “They’ve come from across the region and around the world to build the knowledge and skills to launch successful careers, make meaningful contributions to their workplaces, and build stronger, more prosperous communities.”

The college’s international student population has grown exponentially in recent years, and now includes more than 4,000 students from more than 80 countries. Projections for the new academic year indicate continued international enrolment growth as the college is increasingly seen as a destination of choice for students from around the world.

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 at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 13 to Sam Butella, Shane Carr and Oleksandr Panchenko, who are graduating from the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program, and Andrew Dookram, a student in the Electrical Engineering Technology co-op program. The award recognizes student achievement of excellence in program-related skills. For their winning project, the students developed a unique Electrical Test Bench system that can test and confirm calculations on new motors and batteries to guarantee the most efficient operation.

The James W. Church award will be presented to Daniel Kwasny of Milton at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 14. He is graduating from the Advanced Police Studies graduate certificate 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.