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Durham College recognizes the class of 2019-2020

From an online recognition website to complimentary lawn signs, grads were still honoured despite lack of a physical convocation

Oshawa, ON – They may not have crossed the stage at the Tribute Communities Centre, but Durham College’s (DC) more than 3,800 graduates are being recognized through a variety of online and physical festivities, designed to acknowledge and celebrate their hard work and achievements.

The class of 2019-2020 will be invited to attend an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so, however, DC recognized the importance of marking the accomplishments of its graduates upon completion of their credentials and created a Convocation Recognition website.

Filled with elements typically seen at convocation, the site features:

–        Messages of congratulations from DC’s leadership team and each school’s dean.

–        Virtual shout outs and recognition for grads submitted by family, friends, faculty and college employees.

–        A list of frequently asked questions related to graduation.

–        Links to order DC merchandise, from grad rings to t-shirts and flowers.

–        Information about life as a college alumni, including benefits details.

–        Digital DC swag so #DCGrad2020 pride can be shared online.

–        Details about what comes next after graduation.

In addition, the site acknowledges this year’s Alumni of Distinction winners. The Alumni of Distinction award honours the extraordinary contributions DC graduates make to society while achieving career success. Congratulations to Judy Pal (Sports and Entertainment, 1983), Nancy Shaw (Practical Nursing, 1985), Lori Lane Murphy (Public Relations, 1988) and Ellen Stitt (Water Quality Technician, 2013).

The DC Alumni Association (DCAA) also helped ensure the class of 2020 was celebrated by providing free, DC-branded lawn signs that are now displayed at graduates’ homes to show college pride while celebrating their success.

More than 745 signs were distributed during three DC style drive-through events, featuring curbside pick up, as grads were cheered on by the college’s leadership team and its school deans. The sign is also available for download for those who missed the events or do not live locally.

“It was so important to find other ways to honour our graduates and their accomplishments,” said Don Lovisa, president, Durham College.  We’ve all experienced a lot of change and upheaval but our grads were able to persevere and finished what they set out to do when they chose to study at DC. I truly believe these students have graduated with a greater sense of inclusion, empathy and understanding of the roles we each play in making society a better place. They also have the skills they need to succeed in whatever comes next in their personal journeys, which is an incredibly powerful combination. On behalf of the entire college community, I want to congratulate and wish them the best of luck.”


About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 13,600 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college has also launched its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The newly-opened facility brings together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Meghan Ney

Communications and Marketing

416-648-5453 (cell)

DC Virtual Open House engages 2,300+ visitors in online experience

On April 25, more than 2,300 prospective students and their families explored Durham College (DC) – digitally. The college’s first-ever Virtual Open House was a huge success, providing guests an inside look at the DC student experience from the comfort of their homes.

DC welcomed guests from over 90 countries around the globe for virtual visits that included videos and live sessions about more than 140 career-focused programs, supportive student services, accessing financial aid, among many other topics. There were also virtual tours of campus spaces, including learning environments, residence and wellness facilities. Attendees also had the chance to enter to win a $1,000 tuition credit.

Within virtual rooms and information sessions, guests were able to live chat with faculty and staff, ensuring questions were answered in real time and providing the meaningful connections between visitors and DC community members that are a hallmark of the in-person event.

Developed in response to COVID-19’s impact on the annual Spring Open House, one of DC’s most popular events, the virtual edition came together quickly through the incredible efforts of employees from every corner of the college.

For anyone who missed the live event or who wants to revisit for more information, Virtual Open House resources are still available at

Four DC alumni working abroad talk sports and law enforcement during DC Talks: Global Graduate

On March 11, four Durham College (DC) alumni from across North America spoke via video conferencing in the Global Classroom for DC Talks: Global Graduate, an event organized by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. Co-hosted by DC President Don Lovisa and Global Class professor Lon Appleby, students and employees had the opportunity to attend the class in person or join via livestream, taking advantage of the Global Classroom’s state-of-the-art facility and teleconferencing capabilities.

During the event, the alumni, who are all graduates from one of DC’s sports business programs, spoke about their career path in the sports entertainment and law enforcement industries and what it’s like to live and work abroad.

Guest alumni included:

  • Stew MacDonald – Currently executive vice president of revenue for Oilers Entertainment Group, Stew has also worked for the Regina Pats and the Saint John Flames and has been part of Stanley Cup Championships in 1987, 1988, and 1990, a Calder Cup Championship in 2001 and a Memorial Cup Championship in 2014. A native of Ottawa, Stew holds a diploma in Sports Administration from DC and is currently based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.
  • DJ Mackovets – A 1980 Sports Administration graduate, DJ has spent 40 years in event marketing and operational planning in the sports entertainment industry. He has been involved in the World University Games, the Goodwill Games, two US Olympic Festivals and two Super Bowls. Most recently he was the CEO of the 2021 World Games Birmingham Organizing Committee, and the CEO of the 2015 World Police and Fire Games. DJ currently lives in Alabama with his wife Christy.
  • Judy Pal – After graduating from DC’s Sports and Entertainment program in 1983, Judy started her career in PR and sports marketing, working for the Edmonton Oilers, and as a television anchor for Global Television. She then took her communications experience and applied it to law enforcement, working as chief of staff for numerous police organizations and as director of operations for the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Today, Judy lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and works as a consultant, training public information officers and police leaders about how to better communicate.
  • Philip Pritchard – A 1985 graduate of DC’s Sport Administration program, Phil travels the globe to promote the game of hockey and the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has visited more than 35 countries and attended a number of key amateur and pro hockey events, including the Olympic Games and World Championships. Part of his duties include being the “Keeper of the Cup”, travelling with and walking the Stanley Cup out onto the ice to be presented to the National Hockey League’s champion.

To watch a recording of the class, please visit

LoL Worlds Viewing Party

On Sunday November 10th the Durham College Esports Club alongside the Ontario Tech
University Esports Club held a Viewing Party for the League of Legends World Finals. Over 30
students attended the event and witnessed FunPlus Phoenix capture the championship 3-0 in a
best of five series. Attendees were able to go home with some merchandise thanks to our event
sponsors: Riot, Twitch, Uconnect, and HyperX. Thank you to all the students who attended and
made the event a success. For more information about the Durham College Esports Club join our
Discord server or email us at

Section of Founders Drive closed on October 24

To accommodate the installation of a tower crane for construction of Ontario Tech University’s new building at the Oshawa campus, Founders Drive between the crosswalk north of the UL Building and the crosswalk at Founders Gate will be closed on Thursday, October 24. No traffic will be permitted through this section of Founders Drive between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Traffic impact:

  • Motorists who normally enter campus at Founders Gate but require access to Avenue of Champions should use the Conlin Road entrance to campus as an alternative.
  • All gates to Founders lot 2 as well as pay-and-display parking spaces will remain accessible as normal, but please be cautious when driving in these areas due to the presence of construction equipment.

Pedestrian impact:

  • Pedestrians should cross Founders Drive only at designated locations. Follow posted signage.
  • Be aware of the presence of large vehicles in the area.
  • Do not use the walkway corridor adjacent to the west side of the construction site.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.

DC welcomes more than 12,000 students to campus for 2017-2018 academic year

Against the backdrop of its 50th anniversary, Durham College (DC) has welcomed more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students to its Oshawa and Whitby campuses and Pickering Learning Site for the 2017-2018 academic year. This represents an increase of more than eight per cent in overall domestic and international enrolment.

This year’s student population includes more than 7,000 new students (domestic and international) and close to 1,100 international students who have travelled from 61 countries around the world to study at DC – a number that is nearly double international enrolment last year.

“We are very pleased with the growth in the college’s enrolment this year,” said Paul Bishop, executive director, Strategic Enrolment Services and registrar, Durham College. “The increase can be attributed to an intensive collaborative applicant conversion plan executed by student recruitment and admissions, communications and marketing, and our academic schools, but also speaks to DC’s commitment to the student experience and its focus on experiential learning, applied research and the quality of the programs offered.”

New market-driven programs for 2017-2018 include Entrepreneurship and Small Business – Business – Transfer to UOIT Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), Massage Therapy and Mechanical Technician – Elevating Devices.

In total, DC offers more than 140 full-time programs through its nine academic schools as well as more than 500 educational pathway opportunities in partnership with universities in Ontario, Canada and around the world.

DC Therapist Recognized for Life-saving Actions

Saul Behrman, an athletic therapist with Durham College’s (DC) Campus Health Centre has received the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) Merit Award for his actions during a Durham Lords basketball game in January 2017. The honour recognizes CATA members who through their immediate actions saved a life, prevented serious injury or performed outstanding emergency service.

During the game in January, Saul leaped into action to provide emergency medical attention to a referee. Working alongside a visiting student athletic therapist from Centennial College, Behrman stabilized the referee and then worked with DC’s Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) until paramedics arrived.

“Saul embodies the true definition of hard work and commitment to excellence in carrying out his role in support of our student-athletes,” said DC’s director of Athletics and Recreation, Ken Babcock. “In this case, his training, combined with quick thinking and action, helped save a man’s life.”

Behrman holds both a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a certificate specializing in Athletic Therapy from York University.

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