Lewisporte native among those to receive academic medal
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) graduates now have some hardware to proudly demonstrate their top academic performances during their postsecondary education careers.
On Sept. 25, Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Frank F. Fagan hosted the Governor General’s Academic Medals ceremony at Government House in St. John’s. The event celebrated the academic achievements of CNA’s top students for the 2017 academic year.
Zachary Thorne of Lewisporte, who studied electronics engineering technology (biomedical) at the Ridge Road campus, was an award recipient.
“I have witnessed students and faculty overcoming the challenges facing them time and time again. The evidence is here today, as I look around the room, and see our graduates receiving well-deserved credit for exemplary performances during their post- secondary careers,” Radford said in his address. “You have excelled not only as students at the top of your respective campuses, but I believe you have also embraced the necessary leadership qualities that will undoubtedly shape your futures, and will result in fulfilling careers and livelihoods.”
Before handing out the medals, Lt. Gov. Fagan told those assembled that he was pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of the winners with them, and that the future of the province is in good hands.
The Governor General’s Aca- demic medal is awarded to students graduating with the highest grade point average from a Canadian college program. They are presented by the educational institution on behalf of the Governor General. It is one of the most prestigious awards a student can receive while attending a Canadian post-secondary educational institution.
Government House in St. John’s was the scene of the Governor General’s Academic Awards ceremony Sept. 25, where College of the North Atlantic students were bestowed honours for graduating the top in their programs at their respective campuses. CNA president and CEO Dr. Bill Radford, along with Lieutenant-Governor the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, presented the medals to 11 of the 14 recipients in attendance.