CBU Celebrates 2011 Spring Convocation

Cape Breton University is celebrating the successes of 571 students during its 2011 Spring Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Students from 18 countries including Canada, China and Egypt are set to walk across the stage to receive degrees, diplomas and certificates in various disciplines. They will be proudly welcomed into the CBU alumni family, a family that is more than 15,000 members strong. Honorary degrees are being conferred upon two well-deserving individuals – Joella Foulds and Dr. Joseph Schwarcz.

Cape Breton University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. John Harker notes “This year’s graduates join the thousands of CBU alumni who have left campus to affect change economically, socially and developmentally in communities around the world, and I expect this same impact to be made by the Class of 2011. This ceremony not only signifies the accomplishments of our students and exceptional honorary degree recipients, it also recognizes the support that is provided by family and friends throughout this great journey.”

Cape Breton University is honoured to celebrate the accomplishments and careers of Joella Foulds and Dr. Joseph Schwarcz by presenting each with an honorary degree. Foulds is a well-respected leader, visionary and community volunteer, who has had a deep impact on the cultural economy of Cape Breton Island with her talent, professionalism and commitment. Dr. Schwarcz is a professor, chemistry icon and talented presenter, who has made a significant impact educating people of all ages about science and the important role it plays in all of our lives. Both are receiving the degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

As the 2011 Spring Convocation Valedictorian, Wolfville, N.S. native Stephanie Bagnell, reflects back on her experience at Cape Breton University and knows that she made the right choice. “The people you meet through your life and at university truly help you evolve as a person and help you grow into who you are. All of the people that I have had the opportunity to work with and the friends that I have met here at CBU through my involvement, are what made me get through and helped to give me the ultimate CBU experience,” says the Bachelor of Business Administration graduate.

The ceremony, which is being held at the Canada Games Complex, will be available online at www.cbu.ca/convocation.