SUDBURY – Eight former Everest College students enjoyed a special celebration on Wednesday, August 19. Graduates received a Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate from Confederation College, after completing their studies in Sudbury at Cambrian College.
During the ceremony, Cambrian College President, Bill Best, and Confederation College’s Associate Dean of the School of Health & Community Services, Shane Strickland, applauded the graduates for their resilience and their perseverance. It was an emotional day that marked a major milestone for the graduates, who shared many hugs and smiles with classmates, faculty, friends, family, and guests.
“It was a huge shock when Everest closed in February,” said Serena Williams, who graduated on Wednesday. “We were so unsure about what would happen to us, and we didn’t know what to do except wait. After everything that’s happened, this feels amazing,” she said, with her certificate in hand.
Another graduate, Lorieann Whittaker, earned special distinction at the ceremony when she received the Academic Award of Excellence from Confederation for having the highest overall average of her graduating class. The class included eight, but one graduate was not able to attend the event.
Thanks to an agreement between Cambrian and Confederation, the former Everest students were able to resume classes May 4, using Ministry-approved curriculum from Confederation and lab facilities at Cambrian.
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