St. Lawrence College Holds Virtual Convocation Ceremonies for 2020 and 2021, Awards Honorary Diplomas

Congratulations Graduates

St. Lawrence College (SLC) is holding virtual Convocation ceremonies for both its 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. As one of the most rewarding events for the St. Lawrence College community, SLC convocation looks a bit different this year. 

Virtual ceremonies will be held over several evenings for each campus and graduating class; the College will be celebrating both the Class of 2021, as well as the Class of 2020, who did not have ceremonies due to the onset of COVID-19. Each ceremony is expected to be one hour in length and will include words of inspiration from class valedictorians and Honorary Diploma recipients. 

Graduates have been invited to their respective ceremonies as follows: 

Class of 2020 

June 15: Brockville 
June 16: Cornwall 
June 17: Kingston 

Class of 2021 
June 22: Brockville 
June 23: Cornwall 
June 24: Kingston 

Virtual Ceremonies will include: 

  • Formal address from the President, and Dean or Campus Dean 
  • Video messages from class valedictorians, student government president, and more 
  • Pre-ceremony reception with professors and classmates 
  • Virtual shout-outs from friends, family, professors, and classmates via social media 
  • Addresses from Honorary Diploma recipients in each community 

     SLC is also awarding Honorary Diplomas for both 2020 and 2021. The recipients are: 

    Kingston Honorary Diploma Recipients 

    Jimmy Hassan, Business Leader and Philanthropist, 2020 
    Cathy Cleary, Community Leader and Activist, 2021 

    Brockville Honorary Diploma Recipients 

    Shelley Bacon, Founder, Northern Cables, 2020 
    David Ross, CEO, Ross Video, 2021 

    Cornwall Honorary Diploma Recipients 

    John McDonald, Lawyer, Civic Leader, 2020 
    Patricia Humphries, Founder, Beyond 21 Foundation, 2021 

    Each recipient shared their stories and insights in a Q and A featured on the College website. Read about them at 

    For more Convocation information at 


    St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


    Media Contact:
    Laura Tulchinsky
    Communications Officer
    St. Lawrence College

    Julie Einarson
    Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
    St. Lawrence College

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