The Cayman Islands Law School hosted a graduation ceremony for over 30 students at the Westin Casuarina recently.
Certificates were awarded for a number of course completions including the Professional Practice Course. Students whom graduated with this distinction will now be articling at various firms.
Valedictorian in the class Devika Parchment, who will be articling at Charles Adams Ritchie and Duckworth, was awarded both the O.L. Panton Memorial Prize for best performance in the qualifying exam, as well as the Attorney General’s Trophy for the best performance in the qualifying exam.
She commented, ‘Law school is a great commitment but I felt that I had the aptitude and have always viewed it as a noble profession.’
The aspiring attorney also thanked the professors and faculty at the Cayman Islands Law School, exclaiming that is was indeed an asset for students to have their knowledge and expertise so readily available.
The University of Liverpool Bachelor of Laws Full-Time and Part Time Honours degrees were also awarded, in addition to the Bachelor of Laws full and part time degrees.
The University of Liverpool exit awards were also acknowledged.
Taking home the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce prize for best performance in third year modules, the Tim Shea Memorial prize for best performance over the Honours degree programme and the Dean’s Prize was Andrew Jackson.
Jackson – hailed as ever the entertainer at heart-according to those on hand – delivered his acceptance speech via rap lyrics, which he said were a nostalgic token to his past life as a performer; the failure of which led him to law.
The room listened keenly as the young Caymanian and future attorney gave his account of using disappointment as the fuel needed for taking other routes to get to the metaphorical destination of a ‘a better life.’
In his remarks, Director of the Cayman Islands Law School Mitchell C. Davies said he was pleased to be associated with the graduates, whom had all been steadfast in their studies and shown a keen grasp of the content. He added that the law degrees they had obtained would take them through life.
Of the nine students that graduated with their PPC certificates for post graduate studies, only three are writing articles at firms.
Vice President of the Cayman Islands Law School Marcia Gallow’s said, ‘I am saddened by the fact that they are graduating at a time when it is difficult for firms to take on new employees but eventually, I feel they will all find a place to grow.’