The College's 50th commencement ceremony celebrated the academic achievement of a record number of graduates. In May, thousands filled the SeaGate Convention Centre to cheer on their loved ones during this special occasion.

Part of the excitement this year was the change of venue. "The decision was based on the available seating for the graduates' family and friends who wanted to attend commencement," offered President Robert Helmer.

"Commencement is a celebration for our graduates. It was important that Lourdes not lose sight of what makes us distinct. When students attend a larger college or university, they often receive a limited number of tickets. Lourdes does not issue tickets and the SeaGate Centre allowed us to carry on that tradition."

Brigitte K. David ('08, BSN., Nursing) provided the commencement address. Two recipients received honorary degrees during the ceremony – the Honorable Mayor of Sylvania Craig A. Stough and Mary P. Hills, a charter member of the Lourdes College Auxiliary and a former board member and chair.

The week began with the annual Awards Ceremony where students and graduates were honored for their academic and community service efforts.