That’s how many people were on hand to accept their President’s Medals at the College of the North Atlantic Bay St. George Campus Class of 2017 Graduation and Recognition Ceremony on Thursday of last week.
The President’s Medal of Excellence is awarded to a fulltime graduate in each program who is able to attain the highest overall average in his or her program after meeting all college scholarship criteria.
In other words, you are a good achiever during the duration of your program, whatever length it may be.
With 19 different programs at the Bay St. George Campus, there is a wide diversity that students can get involved in and achieve.
With a total of 319 graduates in the programs heading out to try and find employment with the new skills they have honed, there is the wonder if they will all get jobs in their chosen fields of study.
To think that all of them will find employment in the path they have chosen would likely be optimistic at best, especially in the economic climate this province is currently in today.
Some may find opportunities in this province and for those who are willing to move to other jurisdictions, there are good chances to get jobs in their chosen careers.
There are many people of retirement age who need to be replaced, providing opportunities for others to move in and some graduates may be lucky enough to slide right into those positions.
It’s a tough job market out there right now with so many people competing for so few jobs and some graduates may find they may not get the exact position they are seeking to fill.
But let’s go back to the original thought – nine recipients out of 19 receiving their awards at the graduation.
At first, it sounds kind of sour, doesn’t it? Not a good turnout at a graduation?
Really it’s the opposite. Having low numbers is a good thing. These are the top achievers and the reason many of them are not there is because of their achievements. They are the people who likely already have jobs.
One of the nine receiving an award is local already hired by the college where she studied. Others living in other parts of the province are already hired by an employer who recognized his or her potential.
Having a poor turnout at a graduation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing, it just means graduates are getting hired and that’s something to embrace rather than to shun. Be proud of those who are moving on, as they all have learned something in the college’s life lessons.