NCU Graduation 2014
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Nine hundred and seventy students graduated from Northern Caribbean University on August 10.
They represented a wide range of disciplines, with 798 receiving Bachelor's degrees, 86 Master's, 77 Associate and nine PhDs.
University president Dr Trevor Gardner told the audience that the institution is in good order and is getting better.
"In keeping with this year's theme of Reflecting on the Past, Conquering the Present and Embracing the Future, it is fitting to note that last year's projections have been realised close to 85 per cent or more," he said.
Among the strategic plans guiding the Seventh-day Adventist institution is the continued integration of faith and learning, and the incorporation of entrepreneurship into different faculties.
"The university continues to develop new academic disciplines and increase degree offerings. All academic programmes have agreed to emphasise entrepreneurship as part of the curriculum. Too many students graduate from universities, go out and search for jobs. When they do not get jobs they just sit down and hope that the job will come. Northern Caribbean University (has) challenged every faculty to ensure that before students graduate they should learn how to (leverage) their skills in a manner that they can create their own jobs," said Gardner.
United States Congresswoman Yvette Diane Clarke, businessman Antony Keith Edmund Hart and retired ministers of religion Cecil Roy Perry and William A Kirlew received honorary degrees.
— Alicia Sutherland