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Rainy River District Campus Graduates Recognized at 2017 Convocation

June 12, 2017
Community News
Campus: Fort Frances
Rainy River District Convocation 2017

FORT FRANCES, ON, June 12, 2017 – 47 students from the Confederation College Rainy River District Campus – Fort Frances, crossed the stage today at the 2017 Convocation Ceremony, to signify and celebrate the completion of their academic programs. This year’s ceremony was particularly significant as Confederation College is celebrating its 50th Anniversary year.

Local graduates join the over 1500 students graduating from Confederation College this year from across northwestern Ontario.

Confederation College President Jim Madder, presided over the ceremonies. “This represents a significant crossroad for our students as they continue on in the pursuit of their dreams,” he said. “We are extremely proud of our students for all that they have accomplished. We wish them continued success as they move forward into the next phase of their individual journeys and remind them that Confederation will always be there to support them.”

Deborah Emes was one of the College’s successful graduates. She graduated from the Native Child and Family Services program. (See backgrounder).

Another successful graduate was Carolyn Lepage, who was the recipient of the Academic Award of Excellence for the campus’ Early Childhood Education program and the Campus Award of Excellence.

The Governor General’s Award recipient was Seija McKay, from the Thunder Bay campus, who graduated from the two-year Tourism – Travel and Eco-Adventure program with a 4.0 GPA. This award is presented annually to the student that has achieved the highest academic standing in the final year of a diploma level postsecondary program earning an average of 80% or better.

Today’s graduation ceremony was attended by family and friends, as well as staff and faculty from Confederation College. Confederation’s convocation ceremonies continue through to June 22.

Rainy River District Convocation 2017


Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. 

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 7,800 combined full and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 805 full and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $411.2 million annually.

Confederation College is proudly celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:

Anne Renaud, Dean, School of Access and Success, and Director, Rainy River District Campus 
Cell: (807) 275-9415              E-mail:

Sandra Turner, Manager, Rainy River District Campus
Cell: (807)
271-4644              E-mail: 

Ashleigh Quarrell, Communications Consultant
Ph: (807) 475-6565, Cell: (807) 632-5296, E-mail:

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