Congratulations, Graduates!

Loyalist College invites you to attend our 57th Annual Convocation ceremonies. Join us in celebrating this momentous occasion as we come together to commend our graduates, the newest members of our growing alumni family.

Save the date

Attention, grads! Take a look at the schedule below to find your ceremony date. Be sure to share the news with your family and friends. They’ll want to be there to cheer you on as you make your way across the stage!


Convocation Schedule

Celebrate at a Local Restaurant

FAQs for the BIG Day

Check back to this page regularly for updates and keep an eye on your email!

Convocation ceremonies, June 4 – 7, 2024

Construction sign With summer road construction well underway, give yourself extra travel time to make it to your ceremony. Construction sign


  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Customs Border Services
  • Protection Security and Investigation
  • Paralegal
  • Police Foundations
  • Massage Therapy
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Rick Caddick

Rick Caddick, CMM III
Deputy Fire Chief, City of Quinte West and Mutual Aid Coordinator, Hastings & Prince Edward Counties

In 2020, Rick Caddick joined Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services as the Deputy Fire Chief. With over 20 years of experience in fire services, he previously served as Fire Chief for the Municipality of Brighton and Fire Chief for the Township of Stirling-Rawdon. Mr. Caddick is an Emergency Management Certified Municipal Manager with multiple fire-related accreditations and was recently awarded the Bill Williams Humanitarian Award from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. Rick is also the Mutual Aid Coordinator for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and Coordinator of the local Regional Training Centre. Rick is a sitting member of the Provincial Fire Prevention and Public Education Committee with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.


  • Child and Youth Care
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Service Worker
  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Recreation and Leisure Services - Sports

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel
No Limits Youth Organization Co-Founder and Skyhawks Football President

Quinte Skyhawks President Peter “Coach Gabes” Gabriel launched his football career playing for the Frontenac Falcons before going on to play for the Ravens at Carleton University. After completing his education, Peter began giving back to his community and supporting young athletes by coaching high school football in Kingston. In 2003, Peter and his family settled in Belleville, where he took on the role of assistant coach at Quinte Secondary School. In 2012, Peter and his wife Brenda founded the No Limits Youth Organization, which provides the opportunity for youth to explore, discover and achieve through sport and recreation, with the goal of positively impacting their lives and supporting a stronger and healthier future. No Limits has grown to support 1,000+ youth through opportunities at JG Dance Studios, Swish Basketball and Skyhawks Football. Peter’s commitment to nurturing young talent reached a milestone in 2017 with the founding of Quinte’s first-ever rep football club, the Quinte Skyhawks. The Skyhawks program has grown to include U12, U14, U16, U18, flag football, adaptive football and the U22 CJFL program, in partnership with Loyalist College.


  • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
  • General Arts and Science - Certificate
  • General Arts and Science - Diploma
  • Advertising and Marketing Communications - Creative Design
  • Broadcasting - Radio
  • Broadcasting - Television, Filmmaking & Digital Content Creation
  • Interactive Media Development - Animation & Game Development
  • Journalism - Communications
  • Photojournalism
  • Advanced Filmmaking - Digital Content Creation
  • Public Relations - Event Management

Speaker & Hugh P. O'Neil Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

Kenneth Jackson
Investigative Reporter for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Loyalist College proudly announces Kenneth Jackson, investigative reporter for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), as the 2024 recipient of the Hugh P. O’Neil Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of his journalistic integrity, determination and profound social impact.

To read the full release, please click here.


  • Business
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Finance and Analytics
  • Business Sales and Marketing
  • Esthetics and Spa Management
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
  • Financial Technology
  • Global Business Management

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Shamsa Hassan

Shamsa Hassan
Founder of Afiya Beauty

Shamsa Hassan is a Quinte West-based business owner, natural skincare products developer, and champion of sustainability and green business practices. She is a Loyalist research industry partner who speaks proudly of her connection with the college at events and industry exhibitions around the globe. Recognized as a leader in creating space for diverse representation in the clean beauty and wellness industry, Afiya Beauty has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 female-led bio-based innovators of the year. Using evidence-based, botanically forward ingredients, Afiya supports people of colour with their skin health needs without using harsh chemicals. Afiya’s leading R&D continues to find ways to repurpose non-edible food by-products, including fruit and vegetable peels, seeds, and leaves, and turn them into proprietary potent plant extracts.


  • Paramedic
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Nursing - Degree
  • Practical Nursing

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Dr. Karima Velji

Dr. Karima Velji
Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice; ADM, Ministry of Health

Dr. Karima Velji, RN, Ph.D., CHE, FCAN, is the Chief of Nursing & Professional Practice and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Province of Ontario. She is a health care leader with a proven track record in fostering the engagement of both patient and system partners to drive innovative models of care, unleashing the potential of high-performing teams to achieve stellar results. She has held senior leadership positions in several Academic Health Science Centres and has operated a successful consulting company. Dr. Velji has cross-appointments to the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Ontario Tech University and Nipissing University. She has won several outstanding achievement awards, including the Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Administration Award, the University of Toronto Distinguished Alumni Award, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Margaret Cormack Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership, and the Award of Excellence in Teaching from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. At the global level, Dr. Velji is a sought-after consultant on policy development, credentialing, training and academic planning in East Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


  • School of Leadership Learning and Academic Excellence
  • Community Integration through Cooperative Education
  • Culinary Skills
  • Culinary Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management - Global Logistics

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Jamie Kennedy
Chef and Owner of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

Jamie Kennedy is a celebrated Canadian chef, author, and owner of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens. A pioneer of the “farm to table” movement in Canada, Jamie is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award and was appointed to the Order of Canada. Jamie attended culinary school at George Brown College in Toronto, attaining his Red Seal certification in 1977 and becoming a certified Sommelier in 1998. Jamie has contributed to the culinary landscape in Canada through his leadership in award-winning restaurants such as Scaramouche, JK ROM, Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, Windows, The Gardiner, and more. He is an avid partner in community food fundraising and outreach, working with The Stop, Second Harvest, Empty Bowls and Slow Food.


  • Carpentry and Renovation Techniques
  • Carpentry and Renovation Technician
  • Electrical Techniques
  • Electrical Engineering Technician - Industrial
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technician - Mechatronics
  • Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Techniques
  • Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Mechanical Techniques
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Motive Power - Automotive Apprenticeship
  • Motive Power Fundamentals-Parts and Counter Personnel
  • Motive Power Technician - Service and Management
  • Welding Techniques
  • Welding and Fabrication Technician

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Tabatha Bull
President and CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Tabatha Bull is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. As President and CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Tabatha is committed to helping rebuild and strengthen the path towards reconciliation and a prosperous Indigenous economy to benefit all Canadians. As an electrical engineer, Tabatha supports Indigenous inclusion and diversity in Canada’s energy sector. Serving the Indigenous community through the CCAB’s support for the Indigenous economy, Tabatha is an appointee to many boards, including the Dexterra Group, Wigwamen Inc., CN’s inaugural Indigenous Advisory Council, and Catalyst CEO advisory board in Canada. Awarded CEO of the Year in 2022 by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2023, Tabatha is dedicated to diversity and removing systemic barriers to improve opportunities for Indigenous businesses and women across all industry sectors.


  • Radiation Safety
  • Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology - Advanced
  • Chemical Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Technology
  • Architectural Technician
  • Architectural Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technician
  • Survey Engineering Technician
  • Computer Systems Technician
  • Cyber Security

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Dr. Robert Sanderson
Former Mayor, Port Hope

Bob Sanderson is the former mayor of Port Hope, serving for eight years and completing his final term in 2022. A longtime participant in municipal government, Dr. Sanderson was first elected to council in 1979–80 and secured the mayor’s seat in 2014. With his veterinary medicine and business background, Dr. Sanderson owned and operated several veterinary practices and has extensive corporate experience in the animal health industry, having held senior positions at the Mars Corporation and IDEXX Laboratories. He was also previously the owner/operator of several Port Hope dining and accommodation establishments.

Celebrate at a Local Restaurant     

After your ceremony, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant and receive a sweet treat to celebrate Convocation. Look for a special card in your Convocation folder that you will receive on the day of your graduating ceremony. Grads can present this card at any of the following restaurants during the week of June 4 – 7 for a FREE dessert with the purchase of an entrée:

Birdy's Fine Casual Dining 
449 Dundas St W, Belleville 

Boston Pizza 
180 Bell Blvd, Belleville 

272 Front St, Belleville 

Chilangos Mexican Restaurant 
365 N Front St, Belleville 

Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill 
305 N Front St #17, Belleville 

Linguine's Italian Restaurant  
257 N Front St, Belleville 

Royal Haveli 
366 N Front St #22, Belleville 

Shoeless Joe‘s 
13 Bell Blvd, Belleville 

The Smokin’ 116 Bistro 
116 Pinnacle St, Belleville 

Plus, present your restaurant card at The Brake Room to receive a FREE coffee! 

The Brake Room 
34 Dundas St E, Belleville 

This offer can only be used by a Loyalist College graduating student. Make sure to look at your restaurant card for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To help you and your guests prepare for the Convocation ceremonies, take a peek at the FAQs below. 

Students who have successfully completed the academic requirements for their program are eligible to graduate.

You will receive your credential at Convocation. If you are not able to attend, your credential will be mailed to the current Canadian address you have in Banner. Instructions for updating your mailing address can be found here. Your student financial account must be clear in order to receive your credential.

Graduates are not required to register in advance.

You can bring as many guests to Convocation as you’d like. For anyone who cannot attend in-person, simply go to and follow the link to view the live stream. The videos will also be posted online.

 Dress in whatever makes you feel most comfortable. All graduates will receive a gown to wear for the ceremony and photos.

Please arrive at least one hour before the ceremony to ensure you have time to check-in, put on your gown, and line up for the procession.

Parking for persons with limited mobility will be provided in the parking lots near the Kente building.  Anyone who requires extra assistance should contact AccessAbility Services at 613-969-1913, ext. 2519 or Those who have arranged special parking or assistance should inform the security guard when they arrive.

Yes, accessible seating is available for our graduates and guests. Please contact AccessAbility Services at or 613-969-1913, ext. 2519.

 Grad photos will be offered before and after each ceremony – no appointment necessary. Drop by room 1H6A to have your photo taken.

A variety of frames will be available for purchase at Convocation. To view frame options and purchase a frame online, please visit our online store at

To support Loyalist College visitors, here is a list of local accommodations that offer a discount on your stay: