Cape Breton University will celebrate the success of more than 230 graduates with a Fall Convocation ceremony held Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre at 2:00 p.m. Among the graduates will be 31 members of CBU’s first Bachelor of Science, Nursing Advanced Standing program. Michael Cadegan of Glace Bay will serve as the 2018 class Valedictorian and says, “It feels very special to be a member of CBU’s first graduating class of the advanced standing Nursing program. I can say with confidence that CBU has prepared me for a successful career in the healthcare field. And, as Valedictorian I hope that I will be able to remind my fellow graduates of the fond memories they’ve made at CBU, while instilling in them a sense of hope and optimism for the future.” The graduating class, made up of students from more than 13 countries, will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates from Chancellor Annette Vershuren. Grads were given the option of requesting their parchments in a variety of first languages, including French, Gaelic and Mi’kmaw. Additionally, Cape Breton University will confer the degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, on a woman who has dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of Mi’kmaw people and helping preserve the culture within her community of Eskasoni and beyond, Thunder Woman, Lotti Johnson. As well, CBU will confer the degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, on a man who has worked diligently and has had an immense impact on the Cape Breton and Nova Scotia economy, businessman Mr. Jim Kehoe. CBU will also confer the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on a man who has devoted his career to the betterment of the judicial system in the Province and in Canada and the people it serves, The Honourable Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. 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 www.cbu.ca. Well-wishers can send congratulatory messages to grads via social media using #CBUgrad18 or #CBUproud.