Some 110 students of the University College of the Cayman Islands were recognised at the institution’s first Honours Convocation on Saturday, 10 March at the college’s Sir Vassel Johnson Hall.
Students earning a 3.75 to 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester of 2011 made it to the President’s List, while those with 3.5 to 3.74 GPA were included in the Dean’s List.
UCCI President Roy Bodden touted these achievements and urged the students to continue the good work.
Dean of Academic Affairs Allan Young made special mention of the honourees in the Dual Enrolment Programme, who are finishing their last year of high school while doing their first year of college.
In his speech, Student Representative Council President and full-time police officer Ian Charlery said it’s all about hard work and determination.
“Luck has little to do with being rewarded,” he said. “I am sure we have all been there; that moment of overwhelming feeling when you feel like your back is against the wall and you just want to quit. You just feel like giving up, but you don’t. You persevere, you work harder than the rest. While the sleep, you work! In the end, what puts a smile on your face and in your heart is your grade. Now, you are filled with feelings of accomplishments and joy and those feelings never get old.”
UCCI alumnus Dennis Connor gave an inspiring speech, sharing his own experiences as a student and his successes as a professional, obtaining his CPA within less than a year of graduation.
Mrs. Mary Rodrigues, chief officer of the Ministry of Education, gave the congratulatory toast before students and their guest enjoyed a mini-reception.
The honorees garnering a 3.75-4.0 Grad Point Average during the Fall Semester 2011 made it to the President’s List, while those with 3.5-3.74 GPA were included in the Dean’s List.