NAIT’s 57th Convocation recognizes student resiliency and success

Published on May 31, 2021

(Edmonton) NAIT’s 57th Convocation celebration marks an important milestone for 12,196 graduating students who’ve displayed incredible perseverance in extraordinary times. 

The Classes of 2020 and 2021 faced new challenges and experiences when the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way education was delivered at NAIT, first pivoting to fully online and later to a blended format for learning outcomes that could not be met virtually. Despite all the changes, NAIT students remained resilient, and are leaving the polytechnic with unique skills that allowed them to face each challenge with energy and creativity throughout the pandemic. 

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, NAIT will celebrate graduates from the four schools – School of Health and Life Sciences, JR Shaw School of BusinessSchool of Skilled Trades, and School of Applied Sciences and Technology – in separate virtual ceremonies. The 5,733 graduates from the class of 2020 will be acknowledged along with the 6,463 graduates from the class of 2021 due to convocation being postponed last year.   

Each ceremony will include elements of a traditional in-person event including a ceremonial blessing by NAIT Elder Verna Orr and an honour song by the respected Oskapewis (helper) Lonny Potts. The ceremonies will also include a special presentation of the 2021 honorary degree recipients

WHAT: NAIT’s 57th Convocation 

WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 2021 

WHERE:  Online at 

TIMES:     9:30 a.m. - School of Health and Life Sciences  
                       Honorary degree recipient: 
                       Dr. Raymond Rajotte (Medical X-ray Technology ‘65)  
                       Honorary Bachelor of Technology 

                      11 a.m. - School of Applied Sciences and Technology 
                       Honorary degree recipient: 
                       Daryl McIntyre (Radio and Television Arts ‘83)  
                       Honorary Bachelor of Technology 
                      1 p.m. - JR Shaw School of Business 
                      Honorary degree recipient: 
                      Linda Hughes 
                      Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration 

                      2:30 p.m. - School of Skilled Trades 
                      Honorary degree recipient: 
                      Shane Chartrand (Cook ‘04) 
                      Honorary Bachelor of Technology 


Media interested in attending any of the ceremonies can register HERE and select ‘Media Relations’ as ticket type. 

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