Out of 650 graduating students across the Caribbean, Cayman’s Nadesha Edwards was selected to be this year’s University of the West Indies Open Campus class valedictorian.
Ms. Edwards is the first student from the UWI Cayman Islands program to be chosen for this distinction.
A committee selects the valedictorian by considering a candidate’s grade point average and community involvement. Ms. Edwards, who graduated this year with a first class honors Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies, had a perfect grade point average and is a mentor to young people in the community, according to Phyllis Fleming-Banks, manager for the UWI Open Campus British Overseas Territories.
Ms. Fleming-Banks said in a press release that UWI Open Campus Cayman was “delighted that our students are amongst the top achievers in the region.”
“We are also particularly pleased that our own Nadesha Edwards captured the coveted title of valedictorian,” Ms. Fleming-Banks said.
Ms. Edwards, who is a teacher at the First Baptist Christian School in Grand Cayman, gave a valedictory speech at the UWI Open Campus graduation on Saturday, Oct. 10. The ceremony was held in Antigua at St. John’s Pentecostal Church.
Following the ceremony, Ms. Edwards was a special guest at a reception hosted by Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus Luz Longsworth. At the reception, Ms. Edwards presented a token to Bahamian diplomat Ambassador Angela Missouri Sherman-Peter on behalf of the University.
Ms. Edwards is one of eight students to graduate from the UWI Cayman Islands site this year. Graduates were: Dwight Cummings with a certificate in Human Resource Management, Maureen Robinson with a diploma in Early Childhood Development, Cassius Feare with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Maths Education, Andrea Wray Miller with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Maths Education, Maxine Green Gayle with a Masters in Education in Literary Inclusion, Kurt McKenzie with a Masters in Education in Adult and Continuing Education, and Kimberly Ebanks, with a post-graduate diploma in Literacy Instruction.
The UWI Cayman Islands Campus is the fourth and youngest campus of the 67-year-old university. It offers multimode teaching and learning services through virtual and physical site locations across the Caribbean.
Ms. Fleming-Banks said she was “happy that increasing numbers of Caymanians and Cayman residents are using this affordable means to pursue tertiary level education.”