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June 9, 2014

Spring 2014 convocation ceremonies.

From Tuesday, June 10 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Fanshawe College will celebrate the hard work and dedication of more than 6,500 students together with their families during spring convocation.

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"It is a privilege to wish our grads the very best as they use the new skills and knowledge they've gained to unlock their potential in this next exciting phase of their lives," said Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin. "We look forward to celebrating with our graduates and the people closest to them at this wonderful time."

The London Campus will host 11 convocation ceremonies, where graduates will be presented with degrees, diplomas and certificates.

"Fanshawe College credentials create pathways to great careers," said President Devlin. "Our graduates can be proud of their accomplishments and excited about their prospects. They have the skills and passion employers are looking for, and they are well prepared to succeed."

Honorary degrees and diplomas

Fanshawe honorary degrees and diplomas recognize outstanding individuals who have enriched the lives and careers of Fanshawe College's students and alumni. This year, six such individuals will be recognized with honorary credentials. Fanshawe College honorary degrees and diplomas will be presented to:

  • Mr. John Schucht, retired executive, Canada Trust (June 10 at 10 a.m.)
  • The Honourable Frank McKenna, deputy chair, TD Bank Group (June 11 at 2 p.m.)
  • Mr. Don Donner, retired executive director, Boys' & Girls' Club of London (June 12 at 2 p.m.)
  • Mr. Hank Vander Laan, founder and senior advisor, Trojan Technologies (June 13 at 10 a.m.)
  • Dr. Cal Stiller, professor emeritus, Western University (June 16 at 2 p.m.)
  • Mr. Robert Hurst, journalist (June 17 at 2 p.m.)

Special honours and awards

Convocation is also a time to recognize students who have distinguished themselves through service to both the College and the community, while also achieving high levels of academic excellence.

This year, four students will receive the Fanshawe College Distinguished Student Award, honouring academic achievement and contribution to college life and the community:

  • Sarah Marrone (Paramedic)
  • Lisa Pierce (Social Service Worker)
  • Matthew Stewart (Graphic Design)
  • Amanda Tadgell (Business Administration Marketing)

Other awards to be presented include:

  • Dr. Howard Rundle Academic Leadership Award – Charlene Male (Respiratory Therapy)
  • Mary Ann Darling Memorial Alumni Award – Cassandra Benard (Corporate Communication and Public Relations)
  • R.C. Hamilton Award – Shauna Stewart (Culinary Management)

Distinguished guest speakers

Business and community leaders will speak at each convocation ceremony. This year's speakers include:

  • Mr. John Schucht, retired executive, Canada Trust (June 10 at 10 a.m.) *honorary diploma recipient
  • Mr. Tom Jenkins, chair, OpenText Corporation (June 10 at 2 p.m.)
  • Ms. Laura Elliott, director of education and secretary, Thames Valley District School Board (June 11 at 10 a.m.)
  • The Honourable Frank McKenna, deputy chair, TD Bank Group (June 11 at 2 p.m.) *honorary degree recipient
  • Dr. Cindy Hutnik, professor, Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Ivey Eye Institute and Western University (June 12 at 10 a.m.)
  • Mr. Don Donner, retired executive director, Boys' & Girls' Club of London (June 12 at 2 p.m.) *honorary diploma recipient
  • Mr. Hank Vander Laan, founder and senior advisor, Trojan Technologies (June 13 at 10 a.m.) *honorary diploma recipient
  • Ms. Michelle Baldwin, executive director, Pillar Nonprofit Network (June 16 at 10 a.m.)
  • Dr. Cal Stiller, professor emeritus, Western University (June 16 at 2 p.m.) *honorary diploma recipient
  • Ms. Denise Pelley, community relations manager, London and District Junior Achievement (June 17 at 10 a.m.)
  • Mr. Robert Hurst, journalist (June 17 at 2 p.m.) *honorary degree recipient

"Our guest speakers have achieved great personal and professional success," said President Devlin. "They offer our graduates inspiration and we are always motivated and enriched by their stories." (See profiles of this year's speakers.)

Click here to view a complete schedule of all 11 convocation ceremonies.

All ceremonies will be held in J gymnasiums 1 and 2 at the London Campus. Please see campus map for directions.