Students, faculty and UCCI
President Roy Bodden welcomed a visit by Aunt Julia Hydes on Wednesday, 2
She was the guest of the performing
arts students who will be showcasing some of her songs in their upcoming spring
concert and at UCCI’s International Conference in mid-March.
Aunt Julia, who is 102, told tale
after tale of life in Cayman and the circumstances that gave rise to the songs
she crafted to document cultural and social events.
To mark the event and honour her
for her valuable contribution to Caymanian life, Mr. Bodden awarded Aunt Julia
the status of honorary student of UCCI.
Mr. Bodden said: “Aunt Julia,
Caymanian centenarian and cultural icon, recently paid a visit to UCCI where
she shared her musical experience and her understanding of Caymanian society
with a group of students and faculty members.”
He added: “I consider it a
privilege to have someone of Aunt Julia’s generation visit the campus and share
knowledge with the students. Those present came away enriched and with a deeper
sense of appreciation for Caymanian musical tradition. There was something in
it also for Aunt Julia since she was declared an honorary UCCI student.”
Aunt Julia advised younger
generations to be obedient to parents, respect others, have fun, enjoy life,
seize business opportunities and make the most of life’s opportunities.