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Marine Institute honours graduating class

By Darcy MacRae

Graduates, their families and Marine Institute faculty and staff were on hand for the presentation of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates as the MI honoured its class of 2009 with a graduation ceremony in the gymnasium of the main campus on Ridge Road in St. John’s June 19.

“It is always an honour to see our students on graduation day and I am thrilled to be a part of this ceremony every year,” said Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute. “These graduates are on the verge of exciting and meaningful careers in the oceans sector and should be very proud of their accomplishments. They now have the skills and training to not only work in the oceans and marine industries, but also become leaders in a sector that will play a pivotal role in the future of our province.”

Participating in the graduation ceremony were Tom Hedderson, provincial minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Dr. Eddy Campbell, acting president, Memorial University; Robert Simmonds, chair, Board of Regents; and Capt. Sid Hynes, chair of the Marine Institute’s Industry Advisory Committee.

“Our province is on the brink of several major breakthroughs and developments in the oceans and marine industries and I know the graduates sitting in this room today are going to play pivotal roles in making these advancements come to fruition,” Mr. Blackwood told the graduating students. “During the next decade, someone among you will be the first person to transfer oil from the Hebron offshore oilfield, history shows us it will be a graduate of our Nautical Science Program. One of you is someday going to navigate the Northwest Passage. A graduate sitting here today from our food technology program will one day use his or her training to avert a major food safety issue. One of you is going to go on to design Newfoundland and Labrador’s first official research vessel. One of our ROV pilots is going to be responsible for locating the Southern Cross or The Franklin.”

The Marine Institute also released its Annual Review 2008-09 at the ceremony, unveiling a publication that provides insight into the programs and applied research that help make MI a leader in ocean technology and development.
The 2008-09 Annual Review, titled Unlocking our Ocean of Op­­portunity, can be read online at

The 2009 MI graduation was also shown on a live webcast, marking the first time the Marine Institute made the ceremony accessible online. The graduation in its entirety can be watched at