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Another batch of students graduate at CNA's Port aux Basques campus

The College of North Atlantic – Port aux Basques campus held its 2017 cap and gown ceremony for graduating students on May 30. Pictured are (front, from left) Brandon Short, Dawson Best, Harry Osmond, Alana Keeping, Emily Parsons, Alexander Dubé, Jordan Carter; (middle) Roma Simms, Melissa Kinslow, Catherine Luzney, Karen Kettle, Tori Dolomount, Kelsey Clarke, Candina Blake, Candice Hann; (back) Lisa Legge, Tyson Spencer, Keith Sheppard, Sydney Penney, Beth LeRiche, Skyeler Quilty, Justine Anderson.
The College of North Atlantic – Port aux Basques campus held its 2017 cap and gown ceremony for graduating students on May 30. Pictured are (front, from left) Brandon Short, Dawson Best, Harry Osmond, Alana Keeping, Emily Parsons, Alexander Dubé, Jordan Carter; (middle) Roma Simms, Melissa Kinslow, Catherine Luzney, Karen Kettle, Tori Dolomount, Kelsey Clarke, Candina Blake, Candice Hann; (back) Lisa Legge, Tyson Spencer, Keith Sheppard, Sydney Penney, Beth LeRiche, Skyeler Quilty, Justine Anderson.

PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. – The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) held its annual cap and gown ceremony on May 30. Of this year’s graduates more than 46 were unable to attend.

In many cases it’s because they are already working,” according to emcee and CNA guidance counsellor Jeff Patry.

Patry also noted that the graduating class had won more than $18,000 in scholarships, many of which were awarded at the provincial level.

“It goes to show the quality of students at the Port aux Basques campus,” he said.

In addition to their diplomas and alumni pins some students also graduated with honours, awarded when a student maintains an average of 80 per cent or higher throughout the course of their studies.

Port aux Basques campus administrator Jan Peddle (left) and Dr. Chris Mercer presented this year’s Governor General Academic Certificate to Candice Hann (right).

Candice Hann of Codroy was presented with the Governor General’s Academic Certificate and has been invited to attend an official medal presentation ceremony. The certificate is awarded to the full-time student with the highest academic average in a diploma program throughout the entire campus.

Valedictorian Keith Sheppard, who graduated from the NDT program, delivered a heartfelt but at times humorous speech about making new lifelong friends with teenagers younger than his son.

“It’s déjà vu all over again,” said Sheppard, quoting baseball legend Yogi Berra, about returning to school after 35 years.

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