Cape Breton University Celebrates Spring Convocation

The Cape Breton University alumni family will grow on Saturday, May 13, as more than 680 graduates cross the stage to receive their degrees, diplomas or certificates during Spring Convocation at 2:00 p.m. at the Canada Games Complex.

“It is an absolute honour to celebrate the success of the Cape Breton University class of 2017,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim). “Earning a university degree is no small feat and our students are certainly among the best prepared to face the challenges ahead as they begin this new chapter of their journey.”

Louisa Esangbedo, a Bachelor of Health Sciences – Public Health graduate from Nigeria will address the graduating class as the 2017 Valedictorian. “I was so shy when I came here and now I can’t even believe the person I am,” says Louisa. “I can do whatever I want to do. I’ve been able to grow my leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. One of the strengths about CBU is that it helps you grow as a person.”

CBU will also bestow honorary degrees on three outstanding individuals for their work in equality, sustainability and culture. Ms. Deborah Gillis, a woman who has dedicated her life’s work to advocating for women’s rights and equality and Mr. Grosvenor Blair, a man who has dedicated his life to the preservation and protection of the environment, predominantly the Bras d’Or Lakes will each receive a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa . As well, CBU will confer the degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, on Mr. Dave MacIsaac, a man who has dedicated his life to the preservation and evolution of Cape Breton musical culture and is a true international icon in his profession.

Learn more about members of the CBU graduating class of 2017.

For those who are not able to attend the ceremony on Saturday, it will be available via live-stream beginning at 2 p.m. at

Well wishers can send congratulatory messages to grads via social media using #CBUgrad17 or on Snapchat by sending snaps to cbuniversity.