Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 22, 2010 12:00 ET

End of Year Ceremonies at Royal Military College Saint-Jean

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 22, 2010) - The Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) presented 109 officer cadets with a college certificate or diploma in a convocation ceremony yesterday, and marked the end of the academic year with a parade this morning. 

"RMC Saint-Jean provides officer cadets with an outstanding curriculum, which is based on academics, leadership, athletics, and bilingualism," explained Colonel Pion, Commandant of RMC Saint-Jean. "The convocation highlights the officer cadets' achievements in the academic field, and the parade underscores their successes in all four components. We are extremely proud of our officer cadets, our curriculum, and our dedicated personnel who make it all happen." 

Mr. André Caillé, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec who currently serves on several boards in both the public and private sectors, was the guest of honour at yesterday's convocation. The Canadian Forces Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, presided over today's End of Year Parade, during which officer cadets wore the traditional red scarlet uniform.

After completing their programs at RMC Saint-Jean, officer cadets will pursue their university studies at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. 

RMC Saint-Jean ensures officer cadets a smooth transition from high school to university by providing college-level and first-year university programs in Science and Social Science. Each program is offered in both official languages.

The mission of RMC Saint-Jean is to train and develop first rate leaders who have the intellectual, physical and linguistic abilities and skills to serve with distinction in the Canadian Forces.

Note to editors / news directors: Digital imagery of the Convocation and of the Parade is available at under the "Gallery" icon.

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