Four UWI Cayman students recently joined thousands of others at the University of the West Indies’ Mona, and St Augustine campuses to receive their degrees.
Michelle Reid, Natalie Joseph Caesar, Sydonie Graham and Jacqueline Gittens’ names were read as they joined in the graduates procession.
Michelle Reid, a pharmacist at the Cayman Islands Hospital, received her BSc. Management Studies Degree graduating with Upper Second Class honours from the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Natalie Joseph Caesar, Training Officer at the Northwood Prisons, received her MSc. Counselling Degree (Distinction), Faculty of Medical Sciences. Sydonie Graham, a teacher at John Gray High School, received her Masters in Education and Jacqueline Gittens her Advance Diploma in Construction Management.
The UWI programmes were offered in Cayman via distance with the use of either teleconference facilities or via on-line access.
After the hurricane last year the Centre was without electricity until the first week in December, so students had to study on their own with the materials provided.
Deborah-Ann Lee Resident, Tutor/Head of the UWI Cayman Centre, said in a press release: ‘This is where I have to commend the tutors for going that extra mile and agreeing to meet with the students in spite of their individual situations
‘Our students in general are to be applauded as they would not entertain the thought of having to reschedule their final examinations.’
When the students were asked to share their experience over the last three years they summed it up be saying: ‘The most important lesson we have learnt is that if you persevere in the face of insurmountable odds, you can achieve success.’