Thirty-five students (35), who have completed programs at the University of the West Indies officially graduated from the institution on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Fort Young Hotel during a Recognition Ceremony.
The Recognition Ceremony was held to honor the students who were unable to attend the main graduation ceremony which was held in Antigua in October 2016.
Director of Open Campus Country Sites, Dr Francis Severin presided over the ceremony which President Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin attended.
Matilda Popo, who graduated with first class honors, was named Outstanding Graduate. Florence Maronie, Maxwell O’Brien, Ann Cockrane, and Aretha Augustina Charles also graduated with first class honors, while Brenda Coipel graduated with honors, and Maureen Caesar-Shaw, and Pamela Felix-Lawrence graduated with distinction in their respective courses.
Director of Human Resources at Fine Foods Inc, Irma Edwards told the graduates their graduation marks the start of a life that is shaped to foster change, to impact positively and to make a difference in any sphere of human endeavor, where their career, motivation and passion leads them.
“You are now among this group of illustrious sons and daughters who took the first step towards changing the course of their own lives and the lives of others through education and service,” she told the graduates.
Edwards added that education is the passport to our future for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
“You are now at the cusp of history. You have prepared long and hard. You have accomplished,” she stated.
Edwards said the quality of the future that the graduated will have, must be shaped by the use of the education that they have acquired to leverage the opportunities that are available to them to make a difference.
She further told them that while many of them might be setting personal goals, milestones, and indicators for their future, they should remember to give service, as it must now become a way of life as an expression of gratitude for the advantage received in becoming an alumnus of an educational institution with a rich heritage of service and development to the Caribbean region and further afield.
“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself, not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do,” she said.
Moreover, Edwards also encouraged the graduates to do their best to bring pride to Dominica.
“Dominica expects much of you. Dominica deserves the best that you can give. There is a yearning in every person, to take a candle and light a corner of the world. There is purpose for every citizen to build a bridge with courage, boldness and hope. Carry your candle, run to the child, the youth and the aged. Hold out your candle for all to see your worth. Take your candle, go light your homes, your communities, the world,” Edwards said.