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Sioux Lookout Graduates Recognized at 2017 Convocation

June 21, 2017
Community News
Campus: Sioux Lookout
Sioux Lookout Convocation 2017

SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON, June 21, 2017 – 17 students from the Confederation College Sioux Lookout Campus, 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.”

Kirk Cutfeet was one of the College’s successful graduates. He graduated from the College Access program. (See backgrounder).

Another successful graduate was Vanessa Moonias, who was the recipient of the Academic Award of Excellence for the campus’ Business – Accounting 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.

Sioux Lookout Convocation 2017

First Row, Left to Right:
Vanessa Moonias (Business – Accounting); Stephanie Hynds (Pre-Health); Dayna Paul (Practical Nursing); Chantal Wesley (Native Child and Family Services);

Second Row, Left to Right:
Josee LaFleur (Early Childhood Education); Laura Wilson (Practical Nursing); Johanna Serson (Practical Nursing); Kirk Cutfeet (College Access); Stephanie Simpson (Concurrent Disorders); Crystal Harrison Collin (Office Administration – General)

Missing from Picture:
Avery Fiddler, Native Child and Family Services
Connie Carson, Personal Support Worker
Terra Halverson, Practical Nursing
Allison Warren, Practical Nursing
Ashley Osmond, Practical Nursing
Alexandra Faryon, Practical Nursing
Rachel Auld, Pre-Health Sciences


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:

Angelina Anderson, Director, Dryden Campus
Cell: (807) 938-7662        E-mail:

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

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