NCU recognizes Outstanding Students
Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011 11:23:23 PM

Over six-hundred students were honoured at Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) Honours Convocation Ceremony held at institution’s main campus in Mandeville on October 20, 2011. The students were awarded for their high academic performance during the 2010 – 2011 academic year.

Held under the theme “Seize the Moment: Reap the Rewards”, honourees were recognized for their academic exploits in four categories in relation to their GPA - Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0),  Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89), Cum Laude (3.50-3.69), and the Honor Roll (3.00-3.49).

The guest speaker for the august event was Education Director for North Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Michael Henry.

“Never settle for mediocrity, the road to high achievement is not usually paved with back to back success”, posited Pastor Henry. “It is resilience that sets successful people apart from the rest... in order to excel you must be prepared to dance the beat of a different drum”.

He added, “Excellence is the standard of God and this is the standard to which God has called his children. Many remain in mediocrity because they have been battered by the sea of failure. However, I submit that we only fail when we do not learn from those experiences”.



During the ceremony, fifty students were awarded the Byron Robinson Educational Foundation (BREF) Scholarship each valued at J$60,000. Interim President, Dr. Daniel Fider said Dr. Byron Robinson was a philanthropist and an industrious alumnus of the University who has been financially assisting needy students for more than 20 years.

Also worthy of note was the announcement of the University’s most outstanding student who earned a GPA of 4.0 - Kirkland Williams, a second year student from the School of Religion and Theology. Amidst the cheer and applause, Provost and Vice President, Academic Administration, Dr. Teran Milford, made another equally delightful announcement – Williams would receive a promissory note of J$50,000 to offset the cost of this his tuition fees.

“I can hardly find the words to explain how I’m feeling at this moment”, said Williams. “Hard work really does yield positive results.”

He added, “It is important to have a goal in mind and to work diligently towards achieving that goal…if you feel like giving up, stay focused and call on God for he will give you the strength to persevere.”

Honours Convocation is an official function held each year at NCU to recognize students who have excelled academically.


By Kay-Ann Smith

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