Congratulations Graduates!

Thank you for joining us for Loyalist College’s 55th Annual Convocation ceremonies.

Relive our celebration of student success by watching all past Convocation ceremonies here.


Convocation Schedule

FAQs for the BIG Day

Convocation ceremonies, June 6 – 11, 2022


  • Biotechnology/Biotechnology – Advanced
  • Chemical Engineering Technician/Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Technician/Environmental Technology

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Dr. Bettina Hamelin

President and CEO, Ontario Genomics 


Bettina Hamelin, PharmD, EMBA is the President and CEO of Ontario Genomics, an Ontario-based not-for profit organization dedicated to catalyze and support the development of genomics-based technologies across multiple economic sectors for a genomics-driven bioeconomy. Dr. Hamelin has over 30 years of experience in academia, industry, and not-for profit organizations. She has held positions of increasing responsibility in the biotech and pharma industries including leadership positions at BioChem Pharma (Associate Director, DMPK) and Pfizer (Head, Strategic Research Partnerships, Western Canada; Director Vaccines, Pfizer Canada; Medical Director, Pfizer Germany; Global Scout, Pfizer Inc.). Dr. Hamelin also has 10 years of academic research expertise as a tenured professor at Université Laval. Prior to her current role, she served as VP of NSERC’s Research Partnerships Directorate, where she was responsible for stimulating increased public/private sector collaboration and technology transfer by connecting the Canadian research enterprise to Canadian and global innovation partners.   


  • Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship
  • Cannabis Applied Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Systems Technician
  • Electrical Techniques/Electrical Engineering Technician – Industrial
  • Mechanical Techniques
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Motive Power Fundamentals – Parts & Counter Personnel/Motive Power Technician – Service & Management
  • Welding Techniques/Welding & Fabrication Technician

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Christopher Goodchild 

Global Director, Program Management and Margin Optimization, Magna Lighting 
Manufacturing Engineering Technician, 2003 


After receiving his Manufacturing Engineering Technician diploma from Loyalist College in 2003, Chris started a student placement with Magna International. Throughout the years, Chris continued his education with technical courses in the areas of robotics and industrial controls. During this time, Chris remained engaged with Loyalist College not only as a student but also in a professional capacity, as faculty member in the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program. Chris’ professional success expanded to global responsibilities in 2018, including a two-year stay in Europe as the VP of Operations for multiple manufacturing and engineering centres in both Europe and Asia.    


  • Care of Vulnerable Populations 
  • General Arts & Science
  • Personal Support Worker

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Stacey Daub

President and CEO, Quinte Health Care  


A passionate community builder, lifelong learner and visionary health system leader, Stacey is the President & CEO of Quinte Health Care (QHC). QHC is a family of four community hospitals working together to provide high quality, compassionate care to the communities they serve. Her career spans three decades with a wide range of leadership experiences in hospital, home, community and primary care across urban and rural communities in Ontario.  


  • Child & Youth Care
  • Development Services Worker
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Service Worker


Alix Shilton
Valedictorian, 2022
Community and Justice Services, 2022
Child and Youth Care, 2022
Varsity Athlete


  • Career & College Prep
  • Community Integration Through Co-operative Education
  • Culinary Skills/Culinary Management
  • Esthetics & Spa Management
  • Fitness & Health Promotion
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees/Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates & Diplomas
  • Recreation, Sport & Leisure

Centre for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning

  • Activation Techniques in Gerontology
  • Facilitator of Adult Learning
  • Food Service Worker
  • Gerontology Certificate
  • Graphics – Software Applications
  • Health Records Clerk
  • Home Inspection
  • Hospital Ward Clerk
  • Human Resources Management Certificate
  • Internet Applications and Web Development
  • Leadership Development Series Certificate
  • Office Administration – Executive
  • Office Administration – General
  • Office Administration – Health Services
  • Office Administration – Medical Transcription
  • Office Assistant
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Small Business Bookkeeping
  • Sterile Processing
  • Veterinary Office Assistant

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Matthew DeMille

Chef and Co-Founder, DeMille Culinary Group 


Matt DeMille completed Chef Training at George Brown College and has completed stints at renowned restaurants LeSelect Bistro, Enoteca Sociale and Parts & Labour. In the late summer of 2014, he opened the widely acclaimed Drake Devonshire Inn, which was listed on Canada’s Best Restaurants List, 2016. In 2017 Matt launched Eat With Matt DeMille, a small and large scale catering business also offering instructional cooking tutorials and private chef services. Since then, he has launched Matt’s Hot Maple and is currently in the works of opening a food truck at The Grange Winery in beautiful Prince Edward County. 


  • Community & Justice Services
  • Customs Border Services
  • Paralegal
  • Paramedic
  • Police Foundations
  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training
  • Protection, Security & Investigation

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Ann Buller

President Emeritus, Centennial College  


Ann Buller, President Emeritus of Centennial College, is passionate about education that drives personal and community transformation. She is renowned within the Canadian postsecondary sector for her leadership and her ability to catalyze major transformative change, resulting in widespread recognition for her ground-breaking work in leadership development and global citizenship education. During her tenure, President Buller led Centennial’s award-winning internationalization efforts. She also introduced notable programs to support underrepresented students, such as those residing in underserved neighbourhoods, students with learning disabilities and those who are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education. She served as Board Chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2012-14) and as the Chair of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (2011-14) and currently serves on the Board of World Education Services and Academics Without Boarders. President Buller recently received the Order of Canada, has earned several prestigious awards recognizing her excellence as a leader, including the Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2021 Global Women in Education’s Influential Women in International Education Award; the 2016 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Leadership Award; the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award (2016, 2010); the 2015 Canadian Bureau for International Education’s President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Education, and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

Hugh P. O'Neil Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

Chief Michael Callaghan

Law and Security Administration Program Graduate, 1984


This year, the Hugh P. O’Neil Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to Chief Callaghan, a 1984 graduate of the Law and Security Administration program, in recognition of the leadership he has demonstrated throughout his nearly 40-year career.

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  • Architectural Technician/Architectural Technology
  • Carpentry & Renovation Techniques/Carpentry & Renovation Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technician/Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiation Safety
  • Survey Engineering Technician


Nick Foley

Professor, Public Relations, Loyalist College


Nick Foley is a speaker, facilitator, author, teacher, coach, consultant, real estate investor and entrepreneur. He is driven to investigate efficiencies, getting and staying energized while fostering a pragmatic approach to resilience. In 2015 Nick cycled across Canada to raise money and awareness in an effort called “Move For Inclusion.” On that 8,321 km journey, he learned a lot about himself and his limits. Nick’s focus these days is how to help people become their best-self through consistent practices that he has designed and implemented in his own life. He is helping his clients become better for themselves and their teams. Nick is currently completing his Master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph, Lang School of Business.

Honorary Diploma Recipient

Colonel Ryan Deming

Commanding Officer, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton


Colonel Ryan Deming enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1993. He graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical) in 1997 and earned his navigator wings in 1998. Throughout his career, Colonel Deming has been a part of 429 Transport Squadron; 426 Transport Training Squadron; 1 Canadian Air Division Detachment Transport and Rescue Standards and Evaluation Team (TRSET); 436 Transport Squadron; Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM); Deputy Director Strategic Coordination for the Chief of Force Development, and was the Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has deployed as a Tactical Navigator to the Regional Air Movements Coordination Centre in Italy and as Officer Commanding of the Tactical Airlift Unit in Afghanistan. Colonel Deming is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Trident University International. Colonel Deming is also a graduate of United States Air Force Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where he earned his Master of Strategic Studies. He was invested as an officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2017 and took command of 8 Wing Trenton in 2019.


  • Advanced Filmmaking – Digital Content Creation 
  • Global Business Management 
  • Human Resources Management 
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations – Event Management 
  • Supply Chain Management – Global Logistics 

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Melanie Harrington

CEO, Creative Director, Dahlia May Flower Farm 


Melanie Harrington is the owner of Dahlia May Flower Farm, founded in 2014. From beginning eight years ago selling her flowers off a single pallet in her driveway, Dahlia May Flower Farm has gone on to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Canadian Florist Magazine, The Toronto Star; on CBC television and radio; and by PayPal, Google, among others. Melanie was awarded “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2018 by the Quinte Business Achievement Awards, and Dahlia May was named “Agri-Business of the Year” by the same in 2019. Melanie specializes in growing and providing cut flowers on her family’s third generation farmstead. She combines her background in horticulture with her willingness to work her own story into her hard work; through her ability to persist and to risk, Melanie continues to build community while making her rural property a destination for flower-lovers and a hub for those seeking locally grown blooms. 


  • Advertising & Marketing Communications – Creative Design
  • Animation & Game Development
  • Broadcasting – Television, Filmmaking & Digital Content Creation
  • Business – Accounting/Business Administration – Accounting
  • Business Sales & Marketing
  • Journalism – Communications
  • Photojournalism
  • Radio
  • Sports & Entertainment Sales & Marketing

Speaker & Honorary Diploma Recipient

Rachel Pulfer

Executive Director, Journalists for Human Rights 


Rachel Pulfer is the executive director of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Canada’s media development organization. She has led JHR since 2011. In that time, the organization has mentored and trained approximately 10,000 journalists on four continents. Previously a print reporter and magazine journalist, she was the Webster/McConnell Fellow at Massey College in 2009/2010. She is a regular commentator on media development and media freedom, and a member of the Banff Forum. 

Reserved for 2020 and 2021 grads. Registration required.  


Hardik Patel
Valedictorian, 2020
Computer Systems Technician, 2020

Reserved for 2020 and 2021 grads. Registration required.  


Katie Iles
Valedictorian, 2021
Cannabis Applied Science, 2021

Reserved for 2020 and 2021 grads. Registration required.  


Alicia Douglas
Valedictorian, 2020
Community and Justice Services, 2020
Police Foundations, 2019

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 diploma or certificate and who do not owe any money to the College are eligible to receive a certificate or diploma at Convocation. Students who owe money to the College may participate in Convocation but will not receive their certificate or diploma until their student account is cleared.

Class of 2022 graduates are not required to register in advance. Please ensure that you arrive at the time specified for your ceremony and you will be able to join the proceedings.

2020 and 2021 graduates who are joining us on Friday, June 10 or Saturday, June 11 are required to register in advance. Please keep an eye on your email and check back to this page for registration details.


While there is no strict limit on the number of guests each graduate can bring, our seating will accommodate, on average, three to four guests per graduate. Students are asked to keep this in mind when inviting their family and friends.

Display your success with pride. A variety of diploma frames will be for sale in the front foyer. To view frame options and purchase a frame online please visit our online store at

Anyone unable to attend in person will be able to watch the ceremonies via our web live stream. On the day of the ceremony, simply go to and follow the link. The videos will also be posted online at following the ceremonies and may be viewed at that time.

Signs and attendants will direct guests and graduates when they arrive to one of a number of our parking lots on campus.

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 staff attending the guard hut on the main driveway to the Kente building when they arrive.

Gowns will be available beginning at 8 am for the morning ceremony and 1 pm for the afternoon ceremony. Students are advised to arrive at the gown room early (at least one hour in advance of the ceremony) to check in, obtain their gown, and assemble for the academic procession. Please check back to this page for additional details.

Loyalist College’s Convocation ceremonies are held indoors. After obtaining their gown and hood, graduating students will be organized by their procession marshal who directs the line formation for the procession to the ceremony.
Graduating students will be directed to the edge of the platform by the procession marshal. As each individual’s name is read, the student will cross the platform to receive congratulations and their graduation folder.
This is an event to honour the accomplishments of all the graduates. After crossing the stage, graduates will be directed back to their seat in respect for their fellow graduating students. Every graduate would like family and friends to hear his or her name called. Please withhold applause until it is invited.

Special seating due to disability is available for our graduates and guests and is reserved in advance by contacting Student Success at or 613-969-1913, ext. 2519.

Loyalist College visitors receive 5% off the best flex rate of the day at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Belleville. To unlock this special rate, notify the Holiday Inn that you are with Loyalist College upon booking.