Durham Continuing Education Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2021

Posted On Thursday December 02, 2021
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DCE graduate Jaycelene Borras and son Connor

A total of 144 students achieved their OSSD using a variety of DCE program options

This fall, 144 adult learners proudly took home an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) as a result of their success in the Durham Continuing Education (DCE) program.

“I am so happy to share in the excitement of our graduates. They have each arrived at this moment through very different paths and circumstances, and I am so very proud of everything they have accomplished,” said Alex Toulis, DCE Principal.

To celebrate, DCE administration hosted a “walk-by” outdoor graduation ceremony over the course of two days. Eager students walked through one at a time to receive their OSSD and any awards they achieved, as well as to have their photo taken amongst balloons and decorations.

We spoke with four DCE graduates, and here’s what they had to say about their experiences in the program, what’s next for them, and words of wisdom for future students.

“To the students who are going through a tough time in their life, don't give up! There is no age limit to anything that comes your way, for choosing this path to success is something that's the most uplifting experience that can happen! Believe in yourself and reach for the highest of high! Take care and always be safe during these times! Good luck.” Jaycelene Borras, DCE Graduate & Ontario Principal’s Council Award Winner

“Since I have graduated, I have enrolled at Durham College and started my program September 2021 in Mechanical Engineering. I wish to complete my three-year program with Durham College and attend another two years at the university to gain my degree in engineering.” Atif Usmani, DCE Graduate & Excellence in Math Award Winner

“I enjoyed that I was able to take many of my courses online. That was helpful because it allowed me to be more flexible with my school schedule. I feel very relieved to finally be able to check this goal off my list. I am looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life, and I am planning to attend Algonquin College in January to do the two-year Construction Engineering Technician program.” Lia Heaman, DCE Graduate & OPG Award Winner 

“When I first started at DCE I had only a few credits and obtaining my diploma felt like an unrealistic goal. The school and students did a fantastic job of being supportive and making it a more realistic goal with their prior success stories, for which I am so grateful. I am currently a full-time student in a Law Course at Durham College and am looking forward to employment within my field.” Jane Nolan, DCE Graduate & Excellence in English Award Winner

DCE is the centre for adult and continuing education within the Durham District School Board (DDSB). They offer a variety of learning options for students including eLearning, Day School, Night School, Summer School, Learn@Home, and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Find out more about DCE by visiting dce.ca.