From a news release
Women are making important contributions in all aspects of our agri-food economy, and two women at different stages of their careers shared their inspirational message at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus graduation on May 31.
This year’s graduation address was delivered by Amy Cronin, President of Cronin Farms, and an accomplished agriculture and rural leader.
Amy has completed the Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program and the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management program. Her education, combined with her passion for family, farming and her community, has driven her to pursue several distinguished provincial leadership roles.
“Amy is a great example of farm women making a significant contribution in agribusiness and throughout the province,” states Ken McEwan, Campus Director. “We’re excited that she accepted our invitation to address the Class of 2019; she is an engaging and dynamic speaker who has been improving life for those around her for decades.”
This year’s graduation ceremony celebrated the successful completion of students in five associate diploma programs including Agriculture, Environmental Management, Equine Care and Management, Horticulture and Veterinary Technology.
The ceremony also celebrated the successful academic achievement for students in the Performance Horse Handler and Veterinary Office Administration certificates, as well as recognized completion of the in-class portion of students in the Dairy Herdsperson Apprenticeship program.
Prior to the graduation procession, the campus hosted a Donor Appreciation Luncheon. This year over $34,500 in awards was distributed to deserving students for academic and leadership excellence.
The Ridgetown Campus Class of 2019 selected Abigail Taylor of Belmont, a senior student in the Associate Diploma in Agriculture program, to deliver the valedictorian address.
Abigail has been very involved in campus life; participating in student government, playing intramural sports, participating in campus clubs and livestock shows, and the campus Student Ambassador program.
Abigail also excelled academically; receiving several academic and leadership honours during her two years at Ridgetown. She plans to continue her studies in the Bachelor of Arts – Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics degree at the Guelph campus of the University of Guelph in September 2019.