On Saturday October 16, 2021, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Open Campus held its second virtual Presentation of Graduates Ceremony via UWItv platforms to celebrate the Class of 2021. At this ceremony, the Campus recognized the accomplishments of 46 Dominicans (and more than 800 graduates overall) from across the region for the 2020/2021 academic year and conferred one honorary degree, Doctor of Laws (LLD).
This year, 877 students (628 undergraduates and 249 postgraduates) graduated with degrees, diplomas, and certificates in various disciplines. Of the total number of graduates, 598 were females (544 undergraduate and 54 postgraduates) and 278 males (84 undergraduate and 194 postgraduate). From the graduating class, 220 students achieved First Class honours degrees.
Chancellor of The UWI, Robert Bermudez in his address to the graduating class implored the graduands to ensure that their future pursuits are impactful and performed at a high standard. Chancellor Bermudez told the graduands that they must be committed to advancing not only their personal interest, but also those of the communities in which they live.
“Hold fast to your dreams, but remain rooted in reality and respect everyone no matter their status. Go out and dream large and make us proud”, the Chancellor stated.
During the virtual ceremony, The UWI conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) on Jamaican-born Mr George Samuel Willie, CPA, CGMA, CGFM CGFM, International Auditor, Leader, and Philanthropist for his service to the accounting profession.
Delivering the Valedictorian’s address was Ms Laura Ramoutar of Trinidad and Tobago who completed a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies with First Class Honours. In her speech to the graduating class, she lauded the Open Campus for making their dream a reality and urged fellow graduates to transform their finish line into a stepping-stone and forge ahead.
“Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go, choose a path that allows you to be of service to others. You have been blessed with an opportunity that individuals in other parts of the world can only hope for. Turn your knowledge into action”, Ms Ramoutar stated.
The UWI Open Campus congratulates the Class of 2021 and wishes them success in their future endeavours.
The Class of 2021 included 46 Dominicans. There were 39 undergraduates with 22 receiving First Class honours. There were seven graduates, and of that, five received Distinctions.
Photos of the 33 Dominican Students who participated in the ceremony can be found below: