More than 100 students graduated from NSCC Cumberland Campus this year. Pictured are (from left) Lynn Morris Jamieson, Cumberland Campus acting principal, and award winners Gayle Sharpe, Dionne McDonald, Sylvia McKoy, Deanna Fowler (valedictorian), Katie Rudderham, and Joan McArthur-Blair, NSCC president. Hannah Morton - Amherst Daily News
SPRINGHILL - The NSCC Cumberland Campus graduated 155 students during a convocation ceremony in Springhill at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre over the weekend.
Deanna Fowler, a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program, was honoured as valedictorian.
"To me, NSCC is made up of much more than hallways and classrooms. It's made up of love, dreams, ambition and maybe even a little stress," said Fowler in her address.
"Each and every graduate in this room has met or exceeded high expectations and whether they are leaving here today to continue their education, or to enter the work force, they will take with them the skills to accomplish anything that lies ahead."
A number of awards were presented during the ceremony.
Gayle Sharpe received the Governor General's Academic Medal, Sylvia McKoy was awarded the NSCC Gold Medal, Katie Rudderham received the NSCC Board of Governors Award and Dionne MacDonald accepted the President's Award.
"Our campus is thriving. This year we are graduating one of our largest classes," said Lynn Morris Jamieson, Cumberland Campus acting principal.
NSCC describes itself as a modern comprehensive community college, offering more than 100 post-secondary certificate, two-year and advanced diploma programs.
NSCC president Joan McArthur-Blair says she is pleased with the growing success of the Cumberland Campus.
"We are r-eceiving a great response from the community of Springhill and now Amherst, with the opening of our offsite campus there," said MacArthur-Blair.
"Thank you everyone for your continuing support."