Durham College celebrates thousands of career-ready graduates at Spring Convocation

Durham College (DC) celebrated one of its largest graduating classes in its history during Spring Convocation, held this week in eight ceremonies over four days at the Tribute Communities Centre.

Nearly 5,000 career-ready graduates – including the first graduating classes from the Web Development, Cloud Computing and Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science programs –  crossed the stage to receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates, ready to fill the needs of high-priority industries.

The first Convocation ceremony included a significant milestone in DC’s history with the official installation of its sixth President, Dr. Elaine Popp, who began her role on March 1, 2024.

“I’m very proud and honoured to have been officially installed as President this week and to celebrate alongside our impressive graduating class,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, President, Durham College. “The future is bright for Durham College graduates, and I am confident that the quality education they received has equipped them with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in in-demand careers.”

DC’s Class of 2024 includes graduates:

    DC’s 2024 Alumni of Distinction recipients, Shelby Nelson, Class of 2000, and Adam Ruppel, Class of 1997, were also celebrated this week and recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their fields.

    In addition, guest speakers at the ceremonies included notable DC alumni who, since graduating, have made significant contributions to our local and global communities:

    • Chris Cull, DC Alumni, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques, Class of 2007
    • Jenifer Stewart, DC Alumni, Horticulture – Food and Farming, Class of 2021, and Carpentry and Renovation Technician, Class of 2023
    • Brent Colmer, DC Alumni, Music Business Management, Class of 2014
    • Stacey Fox, DC Alumni, Human Resources Management, Class of 2000
    • Shelby Nelson, DC Alumni, Sports Administration, Class of 2000 and 2024 Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient

    For more information about Spring Convocation, visit www.durhamcollege.ca/convocation.