Confederation alumni

Confederation College graduates Rebecca Sugarhead, left, from the dental assistant program, and Lori Sanders, right, from the developmental services worker program, celebrate their achievements during Friday afternoon’s convocation ceremony at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

More than 1,700 graduating students from Confederation College and the region collected certificates, diplomas and awards during two convocation ceremonies at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Friday.

For dental assistant graduate Rebecca Sugarhead, from Nibinamik First Nation (Summer Beaver), this milestone radiates all the way back home to her roots where she plans to use her new skills.

“I’m trying to work up north to go to communities and help my fellow First Nation people,” she said. But first, she will need to write her National Dental Assisting Examination Board exams.

Sugarhead said the course wasn’t easy but there was plenty of support from teachers and family.

“The dental assistant course was really challenging and is was really hard at first,” she said. “Being out of school for 10-plus years, going back to school and having my kids with me . . . there were so many obstacles for me and passing my first semester was a big relief.”

Sugarhead said that early accomplishment empowered her to move forward in the course, but the exhilaration felt Friday as she accepted her diploma for successfully passing the entire course was over the top.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet . . . it’s unbelievable I’m here,” she laughed.

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