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Loyalist College Presents 119 Awards at the 47th Annual Convocation Ceremonies, June 5 and 6

June 05, 2014

Belleville, Ontario, June 5, 2014 – Loyalist College is proud to announce the presentation of 119 awards to graduates at the 47th Annual Convocation Ceremonies on June 5 and 6. The awards, with a total value of $24,550, are provided by private donors, businesses, industry associations, community organizations, and the Loyalist College Foundation. The ceremonies celebrate the graduation of 2,070 Loyalist students with a diploma, advanced diploma, or certificate.

“The awards are a wonderful way to recognize the recipients’ commitment to excellence in the classroom and in our communities,” said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. “During their post-secondary education here they have served as College ambassadors, and as graduates, I know, they will continue to lead in their respective fields.”

Kayla Lahey will receive The Governor General’s Award, presented to the graduating student with the highest cumulative average in a two or three-year college program. Kayla Lahey is graduating with 97.7 percent from the two-year Esthetics and Spa Management program in the School of Business and Management Studies. The Governor General’s Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, and has since become one of the most prestigious Canadian educational awards. Ms. Lahey also received the International Dermal Institute Award for her superior attitude, academics, and aptitude. 

“I’m honoured to receive this recognition,” she said. “It has been a long journey since my first day of classes and I have worked very hard. The faculty provided so much support and mentoring, which are the program’s greatest strengths. Loyalist helped me to realize my passions and now I have full-time employment as an esthetician at The Spah at the Salon in Belleville. I couldn’t ask for a better company with which to work.”

The Herbert Young Scholarship Award is presented posthumously in honour of Aaron Murray for his outstanding academic achievements and participation in Loyalist College life. The award is presented annually in recognition of Herbert Young who was the President of Loyalist College from 1970–1988. A Protection, Security and Investigation graduate, Aaron Murray also earned The PolicePrep Award of Excellence for superior academics, community contributions and leadership, and The Protection, Security and Investigation Faculty Award.

The Hugh P. O’Neil Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to Rodney Skinkle, a 1979 graduate of the Behavioural Science program, in recognition of the leadership he has demonstrated in specialized applied research and consulting in higher education. The award was named after Hugh P. O’Neil in 1998 by the Board of Governors in honour of his leadership as Chair of the College’s Foundations for the New Millennium Campaign. It recognizes a Loyalist graduate who has made an exceptional contribution through professional, community leadership, or volunteer service.


The Indsale Mechanical Award is presented to Kent McIlmoyle, Mechanical Techniques, for demonstrating unrealized potential during the program and as encouragement to pursue further studies. Kent McIlmoyle is also a recipient of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship.

Jake Yntema is the recipient of The Indsale Manufacturing Award for demonstrating unrealized potential during the program and as encouragement to pursue further studies.

Radio Broadcasting graduate Miranda Black is the recipient of The Jane Harrison Award for creativity, strategic thinking, people skills and problem solving abilities.

The John Bott Memorial Award is presented to Katelyn Guerard, Business Administration graduate, for her academics, leadership, disciplined work ethic and strong interpersonal skills.

The Quinte Human Resources Professionals Association Award is presented to Michelle Michaud, graduate of the Human Resources post-graduate program, for the highest academics in the Human Resources Information Systems course.

Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs and over 70 university transfer agreements around the world. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.

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