College convocation Friday

More than 1,800 graduates will receive diplomas and certificates Friday as Niagara College holds its fall convocation ceremonies at the Welland campus.

Ceremonies will take place in the morning and afternoon at the Welland campus athletic centre, said a release from the college.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates from the schools of business and management studies; hospitality and tourism; environmental and horticultural studies; academic and liberal studies; English language studies; trades; justice and fitness studies; and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Adin Bradley, a Niagara College double-graduate — general arts 1996 and human resource management 1998 — will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award and speak to graduates at the morning ceremony.

“Bradley, who began his career as a trainer and owner of thoroughbred horses, has held a series of senior management positions with companies in the United States, and is now COO of a group of animal hospitals in North Carolina,” the release said.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will honour graduates from the schools of allied health studies; community services; and nursing and personal support worker studies.

Dr. Peter Fritz, a periodontist from Pelham who has lectured extensively across North America and Europe, will receive the Niagara Award and speak to graduates at the afternoon ceremony.

“Fritz, who also holds a PhD in molecular biology, has developed several continuing education programs for dental professionals. Fritz is a member of the advisory committee for Niagara College dental programs, and through his practice he provides several learning opportunities for students.”