Welland campus sees special return as 100,000th graduate comes back

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Published October 27, 2022 at 1:23 pm

Community and Justice Services alumna Emily Gushue, will be on hand at Niagara College's "Welcome Back" to the classes of 2020 and 2021, who graduated virtually. But last June, Gushue held a special honour the others do not. At her virtual convocation in June 2021, she became their 100,000th graduate. (Photo: Niagara College)

Niagara College opened its doors to all the virtual graduates of 2020 and 2021, giving them a chance to come back to the Welland campus today (October 27) for a meet-and-greet with their fellow classmates.

As reported earlier this week, the virtual graduates from those two years won’t get the chance they missed to finally walk across the stage, certificates-in-hand but what they will get is all those photos with classmates that were never taken during the first two year span of the pandemic.

One of those students, Community and Justice Services alumna Emily Gushue, holds a special honour the others do not. At her virtual convocation in June 2021, Gushue made Niagara College history becoming their 100,000th graduate.

“I was disappointed we could not all celebrate [convocation] in person but was thankful that we still all were able to recognize each other’s accomplishments virtually,” said Gushue.

The Welland resident, who works as a support provider with Community Living Haldimand, assisting people with physical and developmental disabilities, said the reunion promises to be a meaningful one.

“I look forward to being able to see everyone and share with where we are now,” she said.

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