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Sheridan to celebrate more than 6,200 graduates during 2023 Spring Convocation

Jun 5, 2023

Sheridan will celebrate with more than 6,200 graduates in the fields of business, the arts, community studies, applied health, the humanities, science and technology during a series of six Spring Convocation ceremonies this week at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

“Convocation is an incredibly special and significant time for our learners, as well as their families, professors and everyone else who has supported them throughout their journey at Sheridan,” says Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Janet Morrison. “We are thrilled to honour the triumphs and resiliency of our newest graduates who have overcome so many challenges in recent years. I can’t wait to cheer as they cross the stage and take this next exciting step in their personal and professional lives.”

Six Sheridan graduates stand in their robes in front of a sign that says 'My future starts here'Sheridan’s 2023 Spring Convocation begins Tuesday with ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. recognizing graduates from the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHASS), and Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS). Graduates of the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies (FAHCS) and the Pilon School of Business (PSB) will be celebrated during Wednesday ceremonies at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The three-day event will conclude Thursday with a 10 a.m. ceremony honouring graduates of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD). Each Spring Convocation ceremony will be live-streamed, and a video clip of graduates crossing the stage will be emailed to them approximately one week after their ceremony.

Each ceremony will feature a video tribute to Hazel McCallion, Sheridan’s inaugural Chancellor and namesake of its Mississauga campus who passed away earlier this year. During her time as Chancellor from 2016 to 2023, McCallion delivered words of wisdom and heartfelt congratulations to thousands of graduates, attending numerous Convocation ceremonies in person and providing a pre-recorded message that was shared via video when she was unable to attend.

Other highlights of the ceremonies include a performance by Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing graduate and Poet Laureate Luigi Sposato, who will read his poem “Voyagers”; the awarding of Governor General’s Academic Medals to Noemi Blom (Silver) and Noirene Tecson Baron (Bronze) as students graduating with the highest average at their academic level; and recognition of Delina Yohannes as this year’s recipient of The Sheridan Woman Igniting the Creative Heart Award, an honour presented to a female-identifying student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the creative domain as they graduate with a Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving.

Students who have self-identified as Indigenous will be presented with a thunderbird pin on behalf of the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support. They will also receive a sweetgrass braid, one of the four sacred medicines of First Nations communities along with sage, cedar and tobacco.

“Postsecondary education transforms people, families and communities,” says Dr. Morrison. “Not only do graduates enjoy higher rates of employment and greater earning power, they’re also armed to be healthier, more engaged, conscious citizens in our democracy. We take great pride in celebrating our newest Sheridan alumni.”

For more information about Sheridan’s 2023 Spring Convocation, including a full schedule and bios of the Class of 2023 valedictorians, please visit convo.sheridancollege.ca.
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