Cape Breton University to Celebrate Spring Convocation

Caitlin Bennett

Caitlin Bennett, 2016 Spring Valedictorian

Cape Breton University is preparing to celebrate the success of more than 780 students this weekend at it’s Spring Convocation. The 2016 Spring graduating class represents 12 countries including Canada, Egypt, India, the Russian Federation and more.

“The 2016 graduating class represents the diverse, multi-cultural spirit that is Cape Breton University’s hallmark,” says Dr. David Wheeler, President. “Students from all around the globe have come together in Cape Breton Island to learn together, grow together and prepare to take on the world together. As they now celebrate the culmination of their hard work and achievements they are prepared to use their education to make the world a better place, bringing innovative and inclusive approaches to problem solving on behalf of communities at home and around the globe.”

Caitlin Bennett, a Bachelor of Science (honors) student from Iona, NS, will address the guests as the 2016 class Valedictorian. “Being Valedictorian is such an honor,” says Bennett.  “I’m so excited to be able to represent my class and have one last opportunity to address each of the people that I’ve met over my time here that have helped to make my CBU experience so amazing. I can’t wait for convocation!” Bennett, who originally considered a career in nursing has been accepted into Dalhousie Medical School for the fall of 2016.

The student-focused ceremony will also feature performances by local musician and Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) graduate Johnathan MacInnis, as well as FOUR NATIONS – a group of current CBU students from around the world, who will come together to cover Kenzie MacNeil’s classic “The Island” in a remixed arrangement produced by Moataz Alzowri, a Bachelor of Business Administration student. Elizabeth Quirk, a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies student, will serve as the 2016 Mace Bearer.

In addition to honouring the academic achievements of the 2016 graduating class, CBU will bestow honorary degrees on local businessman, Martin Chernin and world-renowned fiddle player, piano player and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac. Both will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

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 the grads via social media using #CBUgrad16 and #CBUproud.

Graduate student profiles and video testimonials can also be found at