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June 20, 2016

Celebrating NBCC’s graduating class of 2016

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) campuses are abuzz as hundreds of students prepare to cross the stage at six graduation ceremonies this week.

"Graduation is the most exciting time for everyone at NBCC. It’s the ultimate reminder of why we’re all here – to transform lives and communities," said Marilyn Luscombe, President and CEO of NBCC. "We know that our graduates will leave NBCC with the skills that employers want and the community leadership skills to make a difference." A recent Graduate Follow-up Survey indicates that 90% of the 2014 graduates were employed within a year of graduating and 90% of employed NBCC graduates are working in New Brunswick.

Six valedictorians from each of the campuses have been selected to represent the graduating class of 2016. NBCC’s valedictorians are students graduating with Honours who have been nominated by their peers or faculty and interviewed by a selection committee. This year’s valedictorians are as follows:

  • NBCC Fredericton – Amy Hughes, Practical Nurse
  • NBCC Miramichi - Kristy Hathaway, Human Services
  • NBCC Moncton - Jace Patriquin, Truck and Transport Service Technician
  • NBCC St. Andrews – Meagan Colpitts, Practical Nurse
  • NBCC Saint John - Jodie O’Neill, Respiratory Therapy
  • NBCC Woodstock – Phylea Fung, Early Childhood Education

To arrange interviews with the valedictorians or obtain their photos/bios, contact Michelle Willcott, Communications Officer at NBCC.

"We’re excited to see this latest group of graduates join the more than 80,000 NBCC alumni who graduated before them and can’t wait to hear how these students will go on to achieve great things," said Tom Meadus, Director of Advancement at NBCC.

"These outstanding students will go on to contribute to the prosperity of New Brunswick," he said. "We see evidence of this every day by staying connected with our alumni, employers and industry partners." NBCC alumni are key drivers of the New Brunswick economy and provide an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion or 3.8% of the Gross Domestic Product.

Graduation ceremonies will be taking place across our six campus regions as follows:

Date Time Location
Monday, June 20 2:00 pm Woodstock - NBCC Woodstock
Wednesday, June 22 10:00 am Fredericton – Richard J. Currie Centre
Wednesday, June 22 3:30 pm Moncton – Moncton Coliseum
Thursday, June 23 9:30 am St. Andrews – NBCC St. Andrews
Thursday, June 23 3:00 pm Saint John – Harbour Station
Tuesday, June 28 2:00 pm Miramichi – Lord Beaverbrook Arena

NOTE: Media interested in attending a graduation ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with Michelle Willcott, Communications Officer at NBCC.

In 2015, NBCC celebrated the success of 1,967 graduates. Final numbers for each campus will be available by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to each ceremony.

With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized, public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province's socio-economic prosperity. NBCC offers students one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. Find out more by visiting:


Media contact:
Michelle Willcott
Communications Officer, NBCC
Phone: 506.453.8194 | 506.440.9105