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May 31, 2018 - Job Growth and Diversity Positive for Ridgetown Campus Graduates

New graduates from Ridgetown Campus will be entering a workforce driven by new technology, digital communications, big data, and many will be working in skills based jobs offered by leading employers. These graduates will be taking their academic knowledge and student life-lessons into a diversified and welcoming job market.

Ridgetown Campus will host graduation June 1, 2018

Ridgetown Campus will host graduation June 1, 2018

Many Ridgetown graduates are pursuing careers in Ontario’s rural economy and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), University of Guelph reports Ontario’s agriculture and food industry is aggressively searching for new talent. “We’re excited to see so many opportunities for youth, and proud to serve the industry with graduates from across the province,” says, OAC Dean, Dr. Rene Van Acker.

“As these young women and men begin new careers, job prospects are strong as many employers note plans to hire new talent in current or newly created positions. We’re very fortunate that a significant percentage of all Ridgetown grads are employed by the time they leave campus in mid-April or shortly after,” says Ken McEwan, Director, Ridgetown Campus.

Graduation 2018 will be held on Friday, June 1 with the traditional graduation procession beginning at 1:50 PM. Students will be graduating from Associate Diploma programs in Agriculture, Environmental Management, Horticulture, and Veterinary Technology, as well as Certificate programs in Performance Horse Handler, and Veterinary Office Administration.

Class of 1992 alumnus and General Manager, Sylvite Agri Services Limited, Putnam, Mr. Brian Coutts will address the 261 graduands and the approximately one thousand staff, family and friends attending the celebration.

Ms. Kelsey Owen, Port Perry, an Associate Diploma in Agriculture student has been chosen by her classmates to deliver the valedictorian address.

Thanks to a very generous campus donor community, a number of graduates will be recognized for academic and leadership excellence. Fifty-two student awards valued at over $32,800.00 will be distributed to deserving students by donors at the ceremony.

Congratulations to our students on their hard work and determination to meet the academic requirements of their chosen academic program; well done! Best of luck in your future endeavours.


Established in 1874, OAC is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive institution for teaching, research and extension service in food, agriculture, communities and the environment. The OAC academic programs offered at Ridgetown Campus provide students with valuable experiential learning opportunities and the chance to learn from world class researchers, professors and lecturers, developing important career and life skills.

Ridgetown Campus has been delivering leading applied agricultural and environmental research for over 90 years, and training Ontario youth for over 60 years. This rich history of service delivery has deep roots in the Ridgetown campus community

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