Singer Sarah Blackwood to address Niagara College’s Class of 2021

 

Sarah Blackwood, the colourful lead singer for Juno-winning band Walk Off The Earth, will be the special guest speaker for Niagara College’s Class of 2021 Virtual Convocation ceremonies.

A release from the college’s communication department explained that this year’s convocation “will take place over five days with 10 virtual events broadcast live from the Welland Campus.”

Blackwood has already spoken via video to the college’s 3,872 graduates, telling them, “I am so happy to announce that I will be your spring 2021 convocation speaker. Make sure to join in the virtual celebrations June 21st to the 25th as we honour your hard work and all your accomplishments.”

College president Sean Kennedy noted that “the college seeks to offer graduates an exceptional convocation experience after what has been an academic year like no other; many students completed a portion of their programs remotely, while some have not been to campus at all.”

He added that he was thrilled having Blackwood, who will receive an honourary degree, as the guest speaker onboard, “knowing that her extraordinary voice of inspiration will surely strike a chord with our graduates and their families.”

“While we are unable to gather in person,” he continued, “we believe it is vital to continue the tradition of honouring our graduates before they embark on the next chapter of their lives, and we look forward to hosting what will truly be an event to remember.”

As the college gears up for spring convocation, the release noted, “It also prepares to reach a highly-anticipated historic milestone: its 100,000th graduate. The identity of the 100,000th unique graduate - those with multiple NC credentials have only been counted once - will be revealed at the moment the college hits the mark during one of 10 ceremonies, when the graduate’s name is about to be read aloud.”

The live, interactive virtual ceremonies will “contain many treasured elements of (the college’s) traditional in-person convocation events - including inspiring speeches and the call-outs of each graduate’s name - while leveraging the use of technology and the College’s broadcasting students’ expertise to connect graduates remotely.”

Proud parent are also welcome to join the ceremonie and can do so by accessing: niagaracollege.ca/virtualconvocation/

Photo courtesy of Sarah Blackwood’s Twitter

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