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CBU Celebrates Fall Convocation

First Graduating Class of CBU's Bachelor of Education Program

Cape Breton University celebrates the accomplishments of 269 graduates on Saturday, October 30 at 2 p.m. at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre. This year’s Fall Convocation ceremony is especially notable as CBU recognizes the first graduating class of its Bachelor of Education program. Honorary degrees will also be conferred upon three outstanding individuals who are being recognized for their life long achievement and dedication to Cape Breton University.

“This day of celebration symbolizes the achievements of our students, and the work of the wonderful recipients of our honorary degrees. It also salutes the dedicated people who fought to have CBU offer its own Bachelor of Education program,” says John Harker, President & Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University. “I congratulate all Cape Breton University graduates on their accomplishments, and thank those who continue to support the growth and vibrancy of this University.”

Cape Breton University began offering its Bachelor of Education in May 2009. This first graduating class will include 41 graduates “I could not have asked for a better experience as a CBU student,” says Sydney River native, Lori-Anne Deveaux. “The BEd program provided me with all the fundamentals for my career. I had the opportunity to work with wonderful professors who were leaders in the field of education. They were dedicated to their work and shared with us the true meaning of being a teacher and I am now sharing those values with my students in my first teaching position.”

Students from CBU’s four schools, the Shannon School of Business; the School of Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Science and Technology; and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, will walk across the stage during Saturday’s ceremony. Valedictorian Aysha Khaliq, originally from East India, now residing in Alberta, is a graduate of CBU’s Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development.

Honorary degrees recipients include Cape Breton community advocate , Margaret T. Gillis, S.C., international journalist and author, Linden Joseph MacIntyre, and physician and community health activist, Dr. Ronald Daniel Stewart. Mr. MacIntyre will address the graduating class.

All interested members of the community are welcome to attend the ceremony.
Cape Breton University’s Fall Convocation will be available live online at