October 13, 2017

Bancroft, Ontario, October 13, 2017 – Loyalist College proudly presented 65 diplomas and certificates to 60 graduates at the 18th Annual Bancroft Campus Convocation Graduation Ceremony on October 12.

“We all have professional and personal dreams, but where do we find the confidence to pursue them?” asked Chair of the Loyalist College Board of Governors Bob Forder, who led the opening of Graduation. “I believe your confidence begins today with your well deserved diploma or certificate in hand. I believe the supporters who surround you, whether it be faculty members, staff, family and friends, will continue to encourage you. I believe in you – your passion, your commitment to hard work and your belief that you will succeed.”

During the Ceremony, graduates received post-secondary credentials in the following programs:

  • Ontario College Diplomas in Developmental Services Worker, Office Administration, Office Administration – Medical and Office Administration – Medical Transcription.
  • Ontario College Certificates in Food Service Worker, Office Administration and Personal Support Worker.
  • Loyalist College Board of Governors Certificates in Facilitator of Adult Learning, Health Records Clerk, Hospital Ward Clerk, Human Resources Management and Palliative Care.

The Vance Motors Business Award was presented to Office Administration graduate Denise Whyte. The Kawartha Credit Union Bursaries were presented to Personal Support Worker graduates Sydney McCaugherty and JungSun Shin.

“I know your decision to continue your learning experience was likely motivated by personal reasons – to enhance your life, and that of your family,” said Loyalist College President and CEO Ann Marie Vaughan, who delivered the President’s Address, awarded the certificates and diplomas, and presented the awards.  “However, it is important to remember that your new skills and credentials will also enrich the organizations for which you work, your patients and clients, and your communities. You are adding to the quality of life for all of us!”

L-R: Todd Smith, MPP, Prince Edward Hastings; Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO; Bob Forder, Chair of the Loyalist College Board of Governors.

Valedictorian Ashley Beattie, a Personal Support Worker graduate and Pre-Health Sciences student, recognized her peers and thanked her professors and family. “Above all else, I think it’s important to note how thankful I am for the off-site location,” said Ms. Beattie. “Living rurally and being a single mother prior to applying, this specific schedule and location was beneficial to my circumstances and allowed me more flexibility to modify my life and schedule and to feel confident that I could manage the time, workload and travel, and balance it with my family and home life. I was able to work part-time, be there for my children, and be successful in my studies.”

Valedictorian Ashley Beattie, a Loyalist College Personal Support Worker graduate and Pre-Health Sciences student.

In honour of the 50th Anniversary of Loyalist and the Ontario College system, the College awarded 50 first-year students with 50th Anniversary $1,000 Entrance Awards. Bancroft campus recipients include Daniel Gerow (Paramedic); Crystal Lamadeleine (Paramedic); Brandon Mangroo (Paramedic); Stacy Pyves (Paramedic) and Kira Stevens (Personal Support Worker).

Loyalist College Bancroft Campus is a vibrant and busy satellite campus of Loyalist College in Belleville. The College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Since 1967, the Bancroft Campus has been a leader in developing and implementing diploma and certificate programs to Bancroft and the surrounding areas. It has extended its services in Ontario through outreach programs in locations such as: Amherstview, Barry’s Bay, Campbellford, Christian Island, Curve Lake, Napanee, Northbrook, Picton, Rama, Sharbot Lake and Tweed. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities. The Campus is also the home of Loyalist’s Employment Ontario programs, offered through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for Bancroft and North Hastings communities, and beyond.


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Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913, ext. 2536