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Sheridan launches 6,000 new graduates at first in-person convocation celebration in over two years

Jun 6, 2022
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Sheridan College is hosting its signature spring convocation this week with a series of in-person ceremonies and graduate celebrations at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. from June 6-11.

“We’ve been counting down to this moment to reconnect and reunite for many months now,” says Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor. “This is an incredibly special time of year. It’s a time to honour and celebrate the triumphs and resiliency of our newest graduates, who are poised to take this next exciting step in their personal and professional lives.”

For the first time since the fall of 2019, graduates and guests are invited to attend the highly anticipated event in person. Mandatory indoor masking will be in effect for attendees. For those who cannot attend in person, a live stream of the convocation ceremonies will be available.

Sheridan will launch approximately 6,000 new graduates in the fields of business, the arts, community service, health care and technology through seven convocation ceremonies. The 2022 graduating class will join the 210,000 other accomplished Sheridan alumni who are making their mark on the world.

In addition, Sheridan is proud to fulfill its promise to recognize over 19,000 graduates from the 2020 and 2021 classes who were unable to attend an in-person convocation celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From June 9-11, Sheridan is hosting eight graduate celebrations for those who convocated virtually in 2020/2021 and have already received their credentials.

“When the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, we were disappointed that we could not host in-person celebrations to honour our graduates,” explains Dr. Morrison. “But we made a promise to our graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 that when it was safe to do so, we would allow them to cross the stage and mark their incredible achievements in person. And now, we are thrilled this time has come.”

There will be 11 valedictorians from across Sheridan’s five Faculties delivering their speeches in person during the Convocation ceremonies. Guests will be treated to a special performance by Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students at their convocation ceremony on June 8, and to a poem reading by Convocation Poet Laureate Daniel Meehan from the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing program at his own ceremony on June 9.

Other highlights include the awarding of two Governor General’s Academic Medals to Grace Emanuelle Wolfe (Silver) and Tess Rahaman (Collegiate Bronze). For nearly 150 years, the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to students graduating with the highest average at their academic level. Those who have earned honours or high honours and/or completed the Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem-Solving will receive honour cords to reflect their achievement.

Sheridan is also proud to honour the accomplishments of its Indigenous students with sweetgrass, one of the four sacred medicines of First Nations communities along with sage, cedar and tobacco.

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