“Graduates should be very proud of themselves for their accomplishments” Jim Madder

Pikangikum Convocation 2012
L-R Darrell Keeper, Gilmour Keeper, Kerry Quill, Max King, Valerie King, Robert King at the Pikangikum Convocation 2012

THUNDER BAY – “Graduates should be very proud of themselves for their accomplishments,” said Jim Madder, the President of Confederation College in Thunder Bay. “Ceremonies like these signify completion of hard work, dedication, and a keen understanding of the skills and knowledge that will transition them successfully into the workforce.”

Twenty-two Confederation College graduates crossed the stage June 18th during two 2012 Convocation Ceremonies, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs.

The morning ceremony, held in Pikangikum First Nation, included 7 graduates from Pikangikum’s Whitefeather Forest Training Initiative, and was the first official Confederation College Convocation held in any First Nation community.

Students graduated from the College Access and Office Administration – General programs.

The evening ceremony in Red Lake marked the completion of the first year of operation of the Red Lake Campus. In response to community and agency needs, the Personal Support Worker program was introduced as a compressed program in winter 2012. As a result a large number of this year’s graduates are from the PSW program. The ceremony included a total of 15 graduates.

These two groups joined the over 1353 students who graduated from Confederation College this year from across northwestern Ontario.

Confederation College President, Jim Madder presided over both ceremonies.

Kimberly Jacobson, who graduated from the Rainy River District Campus Paramedic program, was the recipient of the Academic Award of Excellence, President’s Award and the Board of Governors Award.

Both graduation ceremonies were attended by family and friends as well as staff and faculty from Confederation College.

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