Honorary Diploma

The Honorary Diploma recognizes distinguished citizens who have made an outstanding and significant contribution to NorQuest and the communities the College serves, or have demonstrated excellence in upholding the values and/or mission of NorQuest College.

Eligible nominees will come from NorQuest’s community which includes, but is not limited to, the geographic regions of the College as well as the social, economic, educational and political reaches of the institution be they local, national or international.

Call for nominations

The next call for nominations is expected in late 2016, with the nomination deadline normally being in the February timeframe.

Nominations should include a biographical sketch of the nominee including education, accomplishments and awards. As well, nominations should include the nominee’s outstanding and significant contribution to the College and/or the communities it serves; how the nominee demonstrated the mission and values of the College; and other relevant accomplishments.

The next Honorary Diploma will be awarded during the College’s Convocation ceremony at the Winspear Centre in May. 

Past recipients

Judge Bhatia

Judge BhatiaNorQuest College conferred its first Honorary Diploma to longtime College supporter Judge Gurcharan Singh Bhatia. The conferral took place during NorQuest’s convocation ceremony at the Winspear Centre on May 10, 2012.

Read more about Judge Bhatia’s Honorary Diploma conferral.

Steven LePoole

Stephen LePooleNorQuest College conferred its second Honorary Diploma to retired CEO of Diversity Technologies Corp., former member of the NorQuest College Board of Governors and current member of the College's Youth in Transition Mentorship Program, Steven LePoole at the Winspear Centre on May 9, 2013.

Read more about Steven LePoole's Honorary Diploma conferral.

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

The Right Honourable Michaëlle JeanNorQuest College conferred its third Honorary Diploma to The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada from 2005 to 2010 at a special ceremony on October 24, 2013.

Read more about Madame Jean's Honorary Diploma conferral and view the video of her acceptance speech.

Dr. Herb Belcourt

Dr. Herb BelcourtNorQuest College conferred its fourth Honorary Diploma to Dr. Herb Belcourt, successful Edmonton businessman of Métis descent, community builder, and longtime College supporter at the Winspear Centre on May 22, 2014.

Read more about Dr. Belcourt's Honorary Diploma conferral and view the video of his acceptance speech.

Wendy KinsellaWendy Kinsella

NorQuest College conferred its fifth Honorary Diploma to fortmer chair of the NorQuest College Board of Governors (2004-2010). City of Edmonton councillor, community advocate, and philanthropist Wendy Kinsella at the Winspear Centre on May 22, 2014.

Read more about Wendy Kinsella's Honorary Diploma conferral and view the video of her acceptance speech.

Reza and Sylvia Nasseri

Reza and Sylvia NasseriThe NorQuest vision is to foster a vibrant, inclusive, and diverse learning environment that transforms lives and strengthens communities.

In 2015, the college bestowed its honorary diploma on a pair of recipients who are the embodiment of that vision. The actions of Reza and Sylvia Nasseri have had a tremendous impact on cultural understanding and better workplace practices for the community at large.

Read more about Reza and Sylvia Nasseri's Honorary Diploma conferral

Patrick LaForge

Patrick-LaForge.jpgNorQuest College conferred its eighth honorary diploma to Edmonton entrepreneur and business strategist Patrick LaForge in 2016. Patrick has been actively involved with NorQuest through his role on Maximizing Opportunities – The NorQuest Cabinet Campaign, Workforce Advisory Council, and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute. His dedication and contribution to the college is unyielding. His tireless efforts continue to be a driving force for community and business initiatives that will help NorQuest deliver workforce relevant programming.

Read more about Patrick LaForge's Honorary Diploma conferral

For more information, visit NorQuest College's Honorary Diploma page.

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