Con­grats to NSCC class of 2015

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

He bat­tled bac­te­rial menin­gi­tis, four strokes and, three years later, grad­u­ated with a weld­ing diploma from Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Joe Miller, whose fac­ulty mem­ber de­scribed him as ded­i­cated and per­sis­tent, was one of over 4,500 grad­u­ates to cross our con­vo­ca­tion stages in June in­clud­ing Mar­coni Cam­pus in CBRM.

Joe’s story is ex­cep­tional and an ex­am­ple to oth­ers of what can be achieved with such steely de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Each in­di­vid­ual has their own in­spir­ing story of chal­lenges faced, over­come and left be­hind in the wake of seek­ing and se­cur­ing a brighter fu­ture. Moth­ers grad­u­at­ing with daugh­ters. Fathers grad­u­at­ing with sons. Par- ents watch­ing the first in their fam­ily re­ceive a post- sec­ondary des­ig­na­tion. Oth­ers adding to a univer­sity de­gree with a diploma.

The pre­vail­ing sen­ti­ment is that ed­u­ca­tion of­fers a bet­ter qual­ity of life, a brighter fu­ture for them­selves, their fam­ily and com­mu­ni­ties.

Ire­tia Cox, a 73-year-old grad­u­ate of the Adult Learn­ing Pro­gram, says she is just start­ing. With her high school diploma in hand, along with the Dean’s Award for over­com­ing chal­lenges and in­spir­ing staff and stu­dents, she is set to study busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion this fall.

Bur­ridge Cam­pus vale­dic­to­rian Whit­ney Mid­dle­ton said: “You’re never too young or old to start some­thing new and be­come the very best you.”

I could not imag­ine a bet­ter con­vo­ca­tion theme. It is a time to celebrate a mile­stone in what is hope­fully a life- long ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Class of 2015! Don Bu­reaux Pres­i­dent Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege

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