Lambton College celebrates largest graduating class to date


June 20, 2014

Sarnia, ON, June 20, 2014 -- On Saturday, June 14, Lambton College celebrated its 47th Annual Convocation. The end of year celebration, which took place at the RBC Centre, honoured the 1652 students who will be graduating from Lambton College in 2014 – the largest number of graduates ever for the College. 

Lambton College Nursing alumna and 2012 Premier’s Award recipient Bonnie Kearns addressed the large crowd at this year’s ceremony. Kearns is a retired nurse who has become one of Canada's leading disaster response workers. Her hard work gained her the honour of the Order of the Red Cross, the highest distinction given by Canadian Red Cross after several volunteer deployments overseas.

As part of the Red Cross mobile Emergency Response Unit, Kearns was deployed to Haiti during a 2010 cholera outbreak and assisted the Goderich community following the 2011 tornado. She has staffed a first aid station at Ground Zero, spent six months in Afghanistan and responded to the Peterborough floods, Hurricane Katrina and Pakistan earthquake. She's been featured in Zoomer magazine as one of Canada's top 45-over-45 and is a Mayor's Honour List recipient.

In a heartfelt and humorous speech, Kearns shared snippets from her own adventures while urging graduates to pursue their own bucket list.

One of the ceremony’s most touching moments came when the crowd stood in ovation as 11 year-old Jewel accepted a diploma on behalf of her late mother, 31-year-old Crystal Young, who passed away just days before graduating from the Developmental Service Worker program.

Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College offered her own closing remarks before the conclusion of the ceremony. Morris compared the students years at Lambton College to the chapters of a great book, where the characters grow and develop. Morris thanked the graduates for allowing Lambton College to play a role in their story, and said she hoped it was a positive, hopeful, diverse and enriching experience.  

There were three students honoured with awards at this year’s ceremony:

Glenn Greig, Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal
This award honours the student who graduates with the highest standing in her or his institution.

Lynette Campbell, Alumni Leadership Award
This award honours a student who exhibits leadership abilities, commitment, is involved in extra-curricular activities and contributes to the College and the community.

Erica Dean, Board of Governors Award
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.

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