On 29 October, 236 students graduated from The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).
In his address the university’s President Roy Bodden stated, “The academic year, September 2014 to July 2015, was, by my calculation, a resoundingly successful year. Indeed, were it not for the sudden passing of Perry George, Dean of Administration, it would not be inaccurate to describe it as a perfect year at UCCI.”
He continued, “Whilst Dean Perry’s passing jolted the University College community, our resilience and determination has, thank God, allowed us to record a number of significant successes.”
Of the 236 students that graduated twenty-eight per cent were male and 72 per cent of the graduating class were female. The majority of the graduates, 95, received their Associate of Arts. Two students completed their graduate certificates.
Graduates also included three who received their master’s degrees, seven who attained graduate diplomas, 34 who completed bachelor of science degrees, 22 who received associate of applied science degrees, 22 who achieved associate of science degrees, 11 who attained associate in legal studies degrees, nine who received professional certificates, and 31 who received certificates.
Special presentations were also made. Hugh Small was awarded the Board of Governors Award and the Mary Anne Cannon Award went to the UCCI Omega Leo Club.
In addition, three well-known community stalwarts received honourary doctorates.
The degree of Honourary Doctorate is the highest form of recognition given by the University College of the Cayman Islands’ to persons of the highest distinction. These individuals must have made an indisputably positive, signal and lasting contribution to the development of the Cayman Islands. Such areas include scholarship, public service, humanitarianism, science and art or any other deemed appropriate.
Burns Rutty, Heber Arch and Henry Muttoo, were all awarded with the distinction at this year’s commencement ceremony.
Kristel Sanchez, director of public relations, marketing and alumni said the event had a great turnout and additional seating had to be added during the course of the ceremony.
The audience was addressed by Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin as well as Minister of Education Hon Tara Rivers and featured Commencement Speaker, Greg Weisenstein, president of the West Chester University of Pennsylvania.