By Staff Writer
High achievers who attended the University College of the Cayman Islands in the last academic year and who have made either or both the Dean’s or President’s list were honoured at a special ceremony which took place at the end of September.
At the event, held in UCCI’s Sr. Vassel Johnson Hall, UCCI President and CEO Stacy McAfee said: “We celebrate your commitment and excellence,” adding, (bearing in mind Covid-19 restrictions) “You may be the only group of students who have had the opportunity to spend an entire year studying on campus.”
To make the Dean’s List students, must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in a given semester. Those with a 3.75 GPA, or higher, are named to the President’s List.
Ms McAfee went on to highlight some of the positive gains UCCI has made since the start of her tenure in 2019, including increased numbers for enrollment, philanthropy and scholarship awards.
She told the honourees their awards came with certain responsibilities.
“Your actions will inspire others to give through this programme so that more students like yourselves have a means to succeed at UCCI,” she said. “Your job today is the help spread the word, that if you have a way to give, give to UCCI. We hope together we will build a better Cayman.”
Education Minister Julianna O’Connor-Connolly appeared via a pre-recorded video. She advised the government aimed to offer free college education within the next four years, while recently they had increased their support for overseas scholarships.
“We have enhanced some of our existing scholarship offerings and implemented additional funding opportunities so that bright and industrious Caymanians like you can continue on your upward trajectory,” the Minister said.
For the first time, top faculty members were honoured, based on the results of a student survey, with the inaugural Student’s Choice Outstanding Faculty Awards going to Monika Lawrence, Emilia Andaya, Susanne Palmer and Selgin Amador.
The event had been scheduled earlier in the school year but was delayed several times by storms and by the recent community outbreak of Covid-19 cases. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the gathering was limited to 100 people. Others were able to view the ceremony via livestream.
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