Cayman National Bank president Ormond Williams will be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for the International College of the Cayman Islands on Thursday, 6 January.
As a business leader and accredited lay preacher with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and a local lay pastor, Mr. Williams was an obvious choice, said ICCI president John Cummings.
“Cayman National has always been at the forefront of supporting and encouraging its staff and the wider community to further their education at the college level, and Ormond Williams has been a driving force in that commitment,” said Mr. Cummings.
“Mr. Williams also has a natural gift to inspire others to reach higher and further and that is the message we want to convey as we celebrate the 2010 graduating class on this milestone in their lives.”
Cayman National’s commitment to education and development has helped prepare its staff for opportunities in their personal and professional lives, said Mr. Williams.
“Even as we are focused on cost management throughout the business, training and development do not suffer as these areas continue to attract our support,” said Mr. Williams. “Staff are aware of and fully appreciate our commitment to training and development. Morale is enhanced and staff show their gratitude by improving the quality of their performance in the business.”
ICCI Dean Scott Cummings said: “From supporting its employees through scholarships to direct financial assistance to institutions, Cayman National has always answered the bell when it comes to education and that made our choice of Ormond Williams to speak to our graduates an easy one.”
A total of 52 graduates will receive degrees at the commencement ceremony, including four with a master’s in business administration; two with a master’s in science in human resources; one with a master’s of science in education management, 17 bachelor’s and 29 associate degrees. Two of the associate degree recipients finished with 4.0 GPA. The graduation ceremony will be at Family Life Centre.
A number of corporate honours will be awarded during the ceremony, including the Ernst & Young Award to the bachelor degree graduate with the highest GPA. Other corporate awards for academic achievement include the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants, Cayman National Bank, Butterfield Bank and Deloitte.