Cayman Academy recently celebrated its latest cohort of graduates at an elegant commencement ceremony.

This year, 18 students graduated from Cayman Academy at the event on Saturday, June 25, at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The graduate cohort continues to grow, up from 11 last year. Class valedictorian was Matthew Harvey, who won numerous awards for academic and social achievements.

Salutatorian was Shakina Edwards.

Ten of the 11 graduates were recognized as honor students, passing eight or more subjects in the CSEC examinations at grades 1 to 3. One student, Chamelle Williams, passed 11 subjects.

The keynote speaker for the evening, UCCI President Roy Bodden, spoke about the importance of upholding and reinforcing moral virtue across all sectors of the society, especially in the family, which bears the primary responsibility.

“If the family continues to decline, then the society will decline,” he said. Mr. Bodden exhorted the graduates to demonstrate moral virtue by being true to themselves, and to work to transmit these values to future generations so that they will be even better.

Also speaking at the ceremony, board Chair Shion O’Connor said that the school will be establishing a scholarship office to facilitate access to all available scholarships on offer in Cayman and elsewhere.

With a waiting list of 112, more than a third of its current enrollment of 328, the school will be building two new classrooms to accommodate an additional class each for Grades 1 and 7. The school also plans to expand its offerings in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate program, and launch the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination for post Grade 12 students.

Mr. O’Connor also announced the introduction of an Academic Quality Control Committee to monitor curriculum and instruction for the 2016/17 academic year.