He has attended 31 graduations in 32 years at the very school that carries his name, but the recent graduation at the Truman Bodden Law School was a particularly special one for the local attorney.
Mr. Bodden, former Leader of Government Business and government minister, was presented with an honorary doctorate at this month’s university graduation at the Marriott Resort’s Orchid Ballroom.
Nineteen students graduated alongside Mr. Bodden from the University of Liverpool with honors degrees in bachelor of law, while seven post-graduate students completed the Professional Practice Course.
The honorary doctorate was presented by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Public Orator of the University of Liverpool, Professor Kelvin Everest.
Mr. Bodden said he was “humbled and honored” to receive the law doctorate.
“I would like to acknowledge my two daughters, Roberta and Dr. Alexandra, and thank them for being there for me, especially during the latter part of my 24 years in public life,” Mr. Bodden said.
Mr. Bodden, who completed his bachelor of law degree at the University of London, also commended his daughters for their master’s degrees in business and psychology, respectively.
An 11th generation Caymanian, Mr. Bodden founded the Truman Bodden and Company law firm in 1974 before he served in the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly as minister for health, education and social services and minister of education, aviation and planning.
Mr. Bodden spent the last six years of his political career as Leader of Government Business, the position now known as Premier.
The Truman Bodden Law School opened in 1982.
“I believe that our law school has made a lasting impact on the Caymanian society and the legal fraternity,” Mr. Bodden said.
“I have and I always will believe that our law school has a very bright future, and with the guidance and support of the University of Liverpool and the support of its graduates that it will continue to develop from strength to strength and give our students the opportunity to become top professionals and academics in law.”
In addition to the law school, Mr. Bodden also created a school for disabled children – the Lighthouse School – which contributed to him being appointed an Officer of the British Empire.