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Lambton celebrates largest graduating class in college history

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Lambton College’s 56th annual convocation was so large last week – they needed not one, but two official ceremonies.

A historical cohort of more than 2,700 graduates made up the Class of 2023, the college said, with some 1,800 on hand to cross the stage to accept their diplomas.

“Lambton College is for the people who have the kind of dreams that shape the way we live in our community and beyond,” said president & CEO Rob Kardas. “Most importantly, Lambton College is for the people who know that the only way to make these dreams come true is to get the education and training you need to do it yourself.

Lambton College celebrated its 56th Annual Convocation last week. (Submitted photo)

“It is my deepest hope that on this momentous day in the history of your life, and the history of our community, that you truly celebrate everything you have accomplished. Because tomorrow, it’s time for you to start dreaming again.”

The day’s dual keynotes were delivered by Dr. Bill Boyes, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief and commissioner of community services for the City of Brampton.
Boyes stressed the importance of hard work, and recognizing your own position of privilege.

“When you’re someone who gets to go in through the door, I believe you have a responsibility to help remove barriers for people of every ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and different abilities and exceptionalities,” said the graduate of Lambton College’s Pre-Service Firefighting Education & Training program and advocate for progressive public safety services.

“It’s relevant to all of your chosen occupations,” he told the crowd, adding that all professions have a commitment to champion equity, diversity and inclusion in their communities.

“What you do can be bigger than your job title. Your workplace, industry and community need people who are willing to try to do more and do better, and why shouldn’t that be you?”

Three students were honoured with awards at this year’s ceremonies:

Governor General’s Academic Medal Award – Danielle Duncan, Esthetician Program. This award honours the student who graduates with the highest standing in her or his institution.

Alumni Association Leadership Award – Prabhjot Kaur, eLearning Design & Training Development Program. This award honours students who exhibit leadership abilities, commitment, are involved in extra-curricular activities and contributes to the College and the community.

Board of Governors Award – Kumar Gaurav, Applied Manufacturing Management – Advanced Materials Processing. This award honours a student who demonstrates academic achievement, is involved in extra-curricular and leadership activities, and contributes to the College and the community.

The College also offered a live stream of the entire ceremony, which will remain available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HVEmox554I (10 a.m. Ceremony) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjcsch3qc4Y (3 p.m. ceremony)


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