Graduation day

Raissa Tetanish
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Published on June 09, 2014

Lawrencetown’s Devin Handspiker-Wade couldn’t stop smiling while his family was taking pictures following Monday’s convocation ceremony for Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus graduates. Among those having their picture taken with Handspiker-Wade were his girlfriend, Megan McLeod, and grandmother, Marion Handspiker. 

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From left, Brittany Findlay, Jaime Boyce, Rebekah Fielding, Erin Trevors and Rebekah van den Hoogen pause for a photo following Monday’s Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus convocation ceremony. 

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Brittany Findlay delivers her valedictory address during the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus’s graduation ceremony on Monday at the Rath Eastlink Community College.

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Some of the graduates of the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus gave valedictorian Brittany Findlay a standing ovation upon completion of her address. 

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From left, Brittany Findlay, Jaime Boyce, Rebekah Fielding, Erin Trevors and Rebekah van den Hoogen pause for a photo following Monday’s Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus convocation ceremony. 

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Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus principal Kevin Quinlan

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Diandra Delaney, of Hilden, was emotional with her professors after receiving her diploma from the Continuing Care Assistant program at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus.

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Rachel Baird, who graduated with honours from the Continuing Care Assistant program, talks with Nova Scotia Community College president Don Bureaux during the convocation ceremony in Truro on Monday. 

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Jennifer Allen hugs one of her instructors after receiving her diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus’s Adult Learning Program. Allen, of Enfield, graduated with honours. 

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Kevin Quinlan, principal of the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus, addresses students, faculty, friends and family during his final convocation ceremony. After 13 years with the campus, Quinlan is retiring. 

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Students with the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College listen during the convocation ceremony Monday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. 

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Students with the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College listen during the convocation ceremony Monday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. 

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Faculty members, from left, Cynthia Budgey, Krys Galvin, Jennifer Auld-Cameron, Marie Brodie and Kim Galvin were all smiles for the graduates of the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus. 

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Andrew Dahm and Dr. Henry Bishop lead the graduating students and faculty of the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus into the convocation ceremony on Monday.

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Rhonda Stuart, left, purchases flowers from Shelley Power just before the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus convocation ceremony begins on Monday. The proceeds from the flower sales go toward the campus’s business office bursary. 

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Daniel Nicholson and Christena Dykstra, students in the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus’ recreation leadership program, wave to family and friends just prior to the graduation ceremony held Monday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. 

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Dennis Collins, left, takes a picture of Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus international business students Gail Compagnon, Tiffany Reid and Vicki Lang before the convocation ceremony began Monday morning. 

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Medical office administration students Caitlin Giles and Mallory Fortune were all smiles even though nervousness was starting to kick in Monday morning. The two women were among more than 300 students from the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus to graduate. 

More than 300 earn diplomas from Nova Scotia Community College

TRURO – As family and friends piled into the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, the excitement of more than 300 graduates started to build.

The students, from 18 different courses at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus, closed one door and opened another.

“I’m nervous and excited, but feeling rewarded,” said Caitlin Giles, who was graduating from the one-year medical office administration program. “But we had the most incredible teacher ever in June Skinner.”

Giles, from Great Village, was holding onto a flower from a loved one before the ceremony even started. She was surrounded by her friends, including Mallory Fortune of Brookfield and Kemptown’s Shawna Harvey. Thanks to them, her nervousness started to subside.

 “Our experience here has been so much fun,” said Fortune. “It’s been very rewarding. Hard work does pay off and I would recommend NSCC over university – we’re a family now.”

For 19-year-old Devin Handspiker-Wade, he couldn’t stop grinning once finally walking out with his diploma.

“Relief,” was the word he used to describe his feelings following the two-hour ceremony. “The biggest obstacle of my programming was time – it was a lot of time crunching.”

The Lawrencetown native graduated from the IT web program and already has a web development job lined up with Cossette East in Halifax.

“My experience with the people here was great,” he said. “The instructors were really awesome.”

Campus president Kevin Quinlan presided over his final graduation ceremony after 38 years in the post-secondary education system. For the past 13 years, he’s been principal on the campus, but is retiring in December.

“There was a little bit of mixed emotions,” Quinlan said about sitting on the stage for the ceremony. “In 38 years I’ve been through 38 graduations in post-secondary education, and it will be different next year.”

The principal admitted emotions were starting to surface when college president Don Bureaux was acknowledging the work Quinlan has done over the years.

“Those were some deep learning moments, and by deep learning I mean there are times when we can’t contain those emotions.”

There are four emotions, said Quinlan, that one can’t control – laughter, crying, blushing and paling.

“When one of those happens, I know it’s coming from deep within,” he said.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

Major awards presented during convocation:

 

-       Governor General’s Academic Medal – Nathalie Brown, Business Administration

-       NSCC Board of Governors Award – Chelsey Joudrie, Child and Youth Care

-       NSCC Foundation Award – Kim Endenijk, Adult Learning Program

-       NSCC Gold Medal – Mariah Fortune, Continuing Care

-       President’s Award – Sara Pearson, Office Administration

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, IT, NSCC Board NSCC Foundation

Geographic location: June Skinner, Great Village, Lawrencetown Halifax

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