Cambrian College Holds Convocation Ceremonies

Posted on Friday May 31, 2019

SUDBURY – They entered the ceremonies as students: they left as alumni. More than 1600 students graduated from Cambrian College during five different convocation ceremonies held this week at the college’s main campus in Greater Sudbury.

Convocation ceremonies featured a procession led by the Sudbury and District Pipes and Drums, the singing of the national anthem, and Honour and Travelling songs performed on the grandfather drum of the Wabnobe Centre for Indigenous Student Services and the Cambrian Indigenous Student Circle.

In his address to graduates, Cambrian President Bill Best encouraged graduates to surround themselves with people who talk about vision and ideas - not other people, value their loved ones at all times, and find a job that will make them jump out of bed, but move on when the jumping stops.

“Define your unique and special life path, with those that you love,” Best said during his convocation speech. “Harness your skills and passion to enjoy the experience. Life will not wait for you, so don’t wait for it.”

Several current and former student were honoured this year for outstanding achievements and community service. Eric Sampson, a graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology program, was a double winner, earning the President’s Silver Award and the Governor General’s Academic Medal. Julian Wiesner, a graduate of the Chemical Engineering Technology program, earned the President’s Gold Award.

Brian Humphrey, who graduated from the Physical Fitness and Leisure Management program in 2005, received the Alumni Award for his philanthropic achievements. As CEO of Climb for Cancer Hamilton, he has raised more than $1 million for cancer care.

Earning the President’s Award of Excellence for Faculty was Ryan Carbone, a professor in the School of Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services.

Long-time Cambrian and community volleyball coach Dale Beausoleil was this year’s recipient of the Fred Sheridan Award for his many years of service to education in the community. Page 2 of 3

Each convocation ceremony also included a special alumni address. Guest speakers this year included Marianne Matichuk (Occupational Health and Safety, 2004), the first elected female mayor in Greater Sudbury’s history; Steven Jacklin (Business Administration, 1999), the Dealer Principal at Tom Smith Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Midland, Ontario; Walter Siggelkow (Electronics Engineering Technology, 1991), President of Hard-Line Solutions; and Kathy Wells-McNeil (Nursing, 1995), CEO of Total Nursing Care.

Cambrian College congratulates all its graduates, students, faculty, support staff, and administrators for their success this year.

2018 Convocation Award Winners (photos available upon request)

The President’s Gold Award – presented to a student with outstanding achievement in academics, campus life, and community service Julian Wiesner, Chemical Engineering Technology

The President’s Silver Award – presented to a student with outstanding achievement in academics, campus life, community service Eric Sampson, Civil Engineering Technology

The Governor General’s Academic Medal – presented to the student with the highest average in a diploma program Eric Sampson, Civil Engineering Technology

The President’s Award of Excellence – Faculty Ryan Carbone, Professor, School of Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

The Dr. Fred Sheridan Award – presented to a community member for contributions to the advancement and betterment of society through extraordinary service to education Dale Beausoleil, longtime Cambrian College and community volleyball coach

Cambrian College Alumni Award - Brian Humphrey (Physical Fitness and Leisure Management, 2005). Co-Owner of Momentum Fitness in Hamilton, and CEO and Founder of the Climb for Cancer Hamilton

Certificate of Recognition
Marc Gagné – President, Cambrian Student Council
Matthew Peltier – President, Cambrian Indigenous Student Circle
Andrea Manson – President, Cambrian Athletics Association

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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit

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Posted on Thursday May 30, 2019

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