DC grads get diplomas at fall convocation



Durham College held its Fall Convocation at the General Motors Centre.


It is the moment college students are all working towards, a moment filled with satisfaction, pride, and sometimes, fear of the unknown.

Nearly 1,000 Durham College students graduated into alumni on October 30th, with 400 of those grads crossing the stage at the General Motors Centre.

Kate Overall, a graduate of the American Sign Language course, is excited to use her new skills in her current job.

“I actually work in a public school, so I’m hoping to use the sign language with some of the children,” she says.

“I want to go back to school – it was too short, to be honest,” said Tristan Smith, with the Firefighting program.

The fall convocation ceremony has been growing, with about 750 students at last year’s fall convocation, a jump from the 600 graduates in the fall of 2012.

Paul Bishop, Director of Strategic Enrolment Services at DC, says, “I love this event, it culminates everything that we work towards at Durham in terms of seeing the successes of our students.”

All of the schools of Durham College participated in the convocation. The order of graduation started with the School of Business, IT, and Management, followed by the Centre for Food, Continuing Education, Health and Community Services, Interdisciplinary Studies and Employment Services, Justice and Emergency Services, Media, Art, and Design, Science and Engineering Technology, finishing with Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship, and Renewable Technology.

The fall convocation began being held at the General Motors Centre in 2012, when the graduating class and their families grew to be too much for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, where it was formerly held.




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