Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 18, 2010 15:26 ET

Media Advisory: Graduation Ceremonies for the Royal Military College of Canada Class of 2010

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - More than 220 Officer Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) and more than 50 Master's and Doctorate degree recipients, will celebrate their graduation on Thursday, May 20, and Friday, May 21. The class of 2010 invites the public to attend their graduation from Canada's military university.

CONVOCATION CEREMONY
When: Thursday May 20, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Kingston Military Community Sports Centre Anderson Field House
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, in his capacity as Chancellor of RMCC, will present graduating students with their Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada and Mr. Larry Stevenson, founder of Chapters Inc.

SUNSET CEREMONY
When: Thursday May 20, 7:20 to 9:30 p.m.
Where
: RMCC Parade Square
RMCC Officer Cadets will demonstrate some of the College's traditions, both old and new, including the Old 18 Historic Drill Team, the changing of the Colour Party, the Brass and Reed, and the Pipe and Drum Bands, the Highland Dancers, the Sandhurst Military Skills Team, and the tae kwon do team. Fireworks will conclude the evening.

GRADUATION AND COMMISSIONING PARADE
When: Friday May 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: RMCC Parade Square
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence; General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff; Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Chief of the Maritime Staff; Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie, Chief of the Land Staff; and Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, Chief of the Air Staff; along with Operational Commanders will present graduating Officer Cadets with their Officer's Commissions in the Canadian Forces. RMCC Officer Cadets will display their foot drill and sword movements, and fire a 'Feux de Joie'; a 300-person honour guard performing a rifle salute with accompanying field artillery. The parade will end at the Memorial Arch through which the graduates will march for the last time as Officer Cadets.

General Natynczyk will be available for media interviews shortly after completion of the Graduation Parade at the Memorial Arch.

Note to Editors/News Directors: Please contact Captain Daniel Madryga, RMCC Public Affairs Officer, as to which events you will be attending. Tel: (613) 541-6000, ext 6484, E-mail: daniel.madryga@forces.gc.ca

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