Yarmouth, NS – Close to 250 students will graduate from Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) Burridge Campus Tuesday, June 5, during a convocation ceremony.
Graduates will receive certificates and diplomas during the ceremony being held in the Yarmouth Mariners Centre at 5 p.m. The Burridge Campus ceremony is part of NSCC’s 21 convocation celebrations happening across the province that will see over 4,500 students graduate.
“NSCC is committed to giving students the tools and experience they need to succeed in their programs and beyond,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux. “Convocation is an exciting time and a chance for us to celebrate each student’s success and reflect on all they have accomplished as they embark on the next leg of their journey.”
The 2018 Burridge Campus valedictorian is Keegan O’Connell, who is graduating from the Business Administration-Accounting program. Valedictorians are chosen by their campus and represent the achievements and experiences of the class.
According to his biography on the NSCC website, O’Connell says that as a person with severe hearing loss he has had to persevere to overcome a variety of challenges in his life. However, it has never stopped him from achieving his goals. O’Connell is already a graduate of NSCC's Welding program, and returned to the College to study Business Administration – Accounting.
As he graduates with his second diploma, O’Connell plans to use NSCC's articulation agreement to further his education and attain a degree and, one day, earn a chartered professional accountant or chartered financial analyst designation.
His message to the class of 2018: "Work hard and never stop learning. Take constructive criticism and improve yourself, and you can achieve almost anything you want in life. Even though your career goals are very important, don’t forget there’s more to life as well. Being happy is vital to a person’s success."
Aside from the certificates and diplomas that will be handed out, five major awards recognizing student achievement and success will also be presented.
NSCC serves the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those living and working in Nova Scotia.
“Regardless of the career path they choose, graduates leave here confident in knowing they have the commitment and determination to set a goal and reach it,” adds NSCC Burridge Campus Principal Mary Thompson.
The ceremonies will be live-streamed and available at:https://www.nscc.ca/about_nscc/convocation/webcast/index.asp.
The recordings will also be uploaded to NSCC’s YouTube channel.