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.
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.