UWI Chancellor issues challenge to graduates

As the 2017 graduates of the Cave Hill campus of the University of West Indies accepted their diplomas this morning, they were reminded that this is just the beginning of their developmental journey in adulthood.

Chancellor Robert Bermudez told the graduating class to use the valuable education which they have received throughout their university life, to better themselves, their communities and the wider Caribbean.

“The piece of paper is of little consequence, what is of immense value is the education which you have obtained from attending university,” he said.

“The ability to think critically, to learn is of far greater value than any other material possession, it is one asset which can never be lost or taken from you. It should be the foundation upon which you build your life,” he added.

Bermudez encouraged the graduates to be mentors to younger persons with their communities.

“Always define yourself by the substance of your character as an educated West Indian, you hold a responsibility to your community to provide assistance to those who have been less fortunate,” he said.

A stalwart of the local medical fraternity, Dame Selma Udine Jackman was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University.

In her feature address, Dame Selma urged the graduates to deeply ponder on their purpose.

“You are no longer mere Caribbean people. You are members of the global village of planet earth . . .  you therefore share the responsibility of safeguarding its future. In doing so, you will need to remember that rights and responsibilities are inseparable Siamese twins. You are responsible for making the choices that will determine the quality and quantity of yours and future generations. You are the guardians of the future,” she stressed.

These sentiments were reiterated by valedictorian Zachary Phillips who received a First Class Honours, Bachelor of Law Degree. The student from Antigua and Barbuda had the Class of 2017 happily chanting “We Made It!”

Phillips told his fellow graduates to use their education and talents to solve the region’s ills and improve the lives of its peoples.

“To all disciplines, don’t think that we are limited to the confines of the current 9-5 working world. We are millennials, let me break it down to 140 characters – find an issue, create the solution, collect the pay cheque and repeat!”

12 Responses to UWI Chancellor issues challenge to graduates

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose October 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    There is something wrong with this picture. My conscious folk tell me what it is.

    • Jennifer October 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Now this is silly. If you was watching the same pictures for the last 400yrs, would you think it was the picture or the TV. Now some people would think it was the picture, but it can’t be, you need to rid yourself of the TV all together. On that note absolutely nothing is wrong with this well loved picture.

    • Milli Watt October 21, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      it got to be the shoe………….it red

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown October 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

      White Chanellor giving a speech to predominantly blk graduating class

    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed October 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Nothing wrong ……so far!!!

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown October 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Zigglt Blessed, we know the Caribbean have white ppl living in it… so my question to you if nothing is wrong with the picture is how comes you can’t count or spot
      50 white boys or girls in the graduating class? Why are they not there?

      • Jennifer October 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

        hotel ownership
        gas stations ownership
        supermarkets ownership
        car companies ownership
        plantation/land ownership
        insurance company ownership
        banks ownership
        drinks ownership
        bread company ownership
        MAJOR store ownership
        fast food ownership
        And the list goes on and on.
        Their children don’t need to be in there, mind you them children head hard as azz and them is the CEO’s telling these graduates what to do. But if these big heads in parliament were not so myopic they would see that they needed to get the rid of the TV long time ago. And you people want to pray – Same old MLK BS too. You pray while them and the house slaves prey. Nothing new under the sun. Then you hear bs about envy. I don’t lick boot either.

  2. Milli Watt October 21, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    something as big as this and three responses hmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Jennifer October 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      All the time so. Let it be about panty holes and swing a purse or a salt meat fight and see the responses. It got to do with the same TV and pendulum. Tick tock.

  3. Mankind246 October 21, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Congrats to all the graduates

    @Milli Watt, people prefer to comment on the negative so that’s why such a beautiful occasion receives so little responses.

  4. Jennifer October 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I bet all of them now looking for a JOB, not one ain’t mentally or educationally equip on opening a business. And I am aware of all the debt bs these house negroes set up. No wonder we people paying like the uk. Look who at the helm. Some thing dead wrong. Mind you no Indian or whites up in dey. They don’t have to be. This lot going right into their businesses. Oh laud.

  5. Janis Taylor October 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    The comments are a true indication of what goes on in this Hypocritical Bajan Society.

    The Black people are always crying like a bunch of spoilt brats that the White people are racists when in reality it is the Black people who are extremely prejudice and racist.


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