Faculty and staff at NSCECE are so proud of this year’s graduating class, who received their diplomas in a ceremony at the Atlantica Hotel last evening. We are excited to send another group of enthusiastic and dedicated early childhood educators into the field, and wish you all the best as you turn the page on this chapter in your lives and begin the next one, whatever that might be.

There are some individuals we would like to give special mention to at this time. First of all we wish to give our sincere thanks to Mary Gordon for travelling so far to address the graduating class at the ceremony, and for her inspiring words.

Danielle Aubuchon also did a beautiful, heartfelt job addressing her classmates as this year’s valedictorian. It’s clear this group of students formed deep bonds they will take with them as they go.

A special congratulations to this year’s deserving award-winners! First, Kassandra Allard-Morin was honoured with both the Academic and the Alumni awards. The Academic award is given each year to the student who graduates with the highest grade point average. The Alumni award is given to a student council member who has shown leadership, school spirit, and community involvement.

The Point Pleasant Award is given each year to a student not for academic achievements but for exceptional qualities they’ve demonstrated as an individual. This year’s honouree, chosen as always by Point Pleasant Executive Director Susan Willis, was Kari-Lyn Carew.

Ranjana Narang was given the Practicum Award for the excellent work she showed throughout the four practicums she completed.

Last, but certainly not least, this year for the second time an award was given to an early childhood educator who acted as a contact teacher for our students while they completed their practicums. Nominated by a student they supported, this award is given for the quality and care the early childhood educator shows in their work. This year we were honoured to give this award to Cheryl Miller of Point Pleasant Child Care Centre, who was nominated by Kelsey Patterson.

Again our congratulations to the entire graduating class. You did it!