NAIT prepares for largest convocation to date

Published on May 05, 2016

More than 1,500 students expected to cross the stage May 6 and 7; three community leaders to receive honorary degrees

Three community leaders will receive honorary degrees at NAIT’s 53rd convocation this week and more than 1,500 students are expected to cross the stage, making this the polytechnic’s largest convocation to date.

Convocation takes place Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB). More than 8,000 students are expected to graduate, but not all attend convocation.

Jim Rakievich, president and CEO of McCoy Global, will receive an honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree; Ken Lueers, president of ConocoPhillips Canada, will receive an honorary Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management and Stewart Roth, president and CEO of Guardian Chemicals, will receive an honorary Bachelor of Business Administration.

Honorary degrees will be presented as follows:

  • Jim Rakievich – Friday evening ceremony (start time 6:30 p.m.)
  • Ken Lueers – Saturday morning ceremony (start time 8:30 p.m.)
  • Stewart Roth – Saturday afternoon ceremony (start time 1:30 p.m.)

Media interested in attending are asked to make arrangements in advance by calling NAIT media relations at 780.916.8307.


  • 92% of NAIT grads find employment within months of graduating from full-time programs
  • 95% of employers are satisfied with the performance of NAIT grads
  • 97% of grads would recommend NAIT


Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO 
“This year we are honouring three exceptional leaders and NAIT alumni with honourary degrees. Their impact in our province and country has been remarkable – and I couldn’t be more proud to honour their accomplishments and commitment to community in this way. With over 200,000 alumni, NAIT touches so many people in our city, our province and country. We are truly essential.”

Dr. Neil Fassina, NAIT vice-president academic and provost 
“Convocation is a celebration of our learners and for our learners. This is an opportunity to recognize their exceptional accomplishments with friends, family and the NAIT community. We wish our 2016 graduates well in their future personal, professional and learning experiences.”



About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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