Durham College honours class of 2012 at annual spring convocation
June 21 and June 22 marked a significant milestone for more than 2,000 Durham College graduates who gathered at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa in celebration of spring convocation.
Graduates were joined by family and friends as well as college faculty and staff to receive their diplomas and certificates from the schools of Business, IT & Management; Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology; Health & Community Services; Interdisciplinary Studies & Employment Services; Justice & Emergency Services; Continuing Education; Media, Art & Design; and Science & Engineering Technology.
“There is an ongoing global discussion about a skills shortage in many different sectors and the strong recognition of the positive impact colleges around the world have on people’s lives, communities and economies,” said Durham College President Don Lovisa. “I am happy to say that those are the skills our graduates are being recognized for today. The skills employers are looking for.”
The event also saw the college award its third-annual Honorary Credential to Bill Robinson, retired executive vice-president, Business Transformation Projects, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), in the Business Administration – Operations Management category.
Robinson, who established himself as a nuclear power industry leader during 13 years at OPG, is a well-recognized philanthropist and volunteer with Durham College who has significantly impacted his professional and personal communities.
“Success is measured in a variety of ways,” said Robinson. “It is not just about power, money or fame. These are by-products of success. None of us can ever be fully successful as professionals without developing success as a person through caring, humanity, principle, and hard work. Develop these attributes and these will define your success. This has been my experience and I suspect it will be yours as well.”
In addition, two Durham College retirees, Ted Seath, former professor, School of Business, IT & Management, and Diane Anderson Campbell, former director, Liaison, Student Recruitment, received the designations of Professor Emeritus and Staff Emeritus respectively for their exemplary service during their time at the college and outstanding contributions post-retirement.
Alumni of Distinction awards were also presented to Norm Lambert, class of 1978, Marc MacRae, class of 1984, and Lesley Wagner, class of 1985.
“Today is just the beginning of your journey, whether it leads you across the world, into the global village or to a community close to home,” added Lovisa. “Try multiple paths, continue to build your knowledge and experience and be proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations to the class of 2012!”share