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Outstanding Academic Achievers Awarded at Honours Convocation 2013
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 2:23:53 PM

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) awarded 925 students for outstanding academic performance at its Honours Convocation on October 28, 2013. The event which was held in the Gymnatorium at the Main Campus, was staged under the theme, ‘Critical Thinking: The Engine of Academic Success.'

 The University’s highest honour- Summa Cum Laude, was awarded to Tracy-Ann Allen, Keturah Cross, Genniel Dixon, Karlessa Howard, Joel Hyman, Oshando Johnson, Kevin Kennedy, Sandralee Mcfarlane, Nicholas Danny, Moyanne Purcell and Kirkland Williams. They all achieved GPAs between 3.9 to 4.0 in the last academic year. Of the 11 Summa Cum Laude Honourees, Keturah Cross, Nicholas Danny and Kevin Kennedy, were also on the Summa Cum Laude list last year.

Over 80 students received the second highest; the Magna Cum Laude (GPA of 3.7-3.89), 161 received the third highest; Cum Laude (GPA of 3.5-3.69) and 666 received honours (GPA of 3.0-3.49); the fourth highest.

The 2013/2014 academic year has been an impressive one as there are 36 more Magna Cum Laude honourees, 24 more Cum Laude honourees while the Honour Roll has expanded to accommodate 94 more names.

Fifty academic scholarships valued at $60,000 each from the Byron Robinson Educational Fund were awarded to outstanding students. Five nursing students received the Dorothea Robinson Nursing Scholarships valued at $60,000 each while the Valena Fraser-Moore Nursing Scholarship valued at $100,000 was awarded to a final year nursing student.

Guest speaker Dr. Michele E. Cushnie, consultant with Ace Consulting and NCU Alumna, affirmed the awardees and commended the University. In her insightful address she stated, “Critical thinking is about thoroughly processing information instead of simply accepting what you have read or heard. It’s about learning to think for yourself. ” She also encouraged the awardees to be well rounded, join professional organizations and societies, be strategic and put Jesus in the centre of their lives. 

The Honours Convocation is an official function held each year at Northern Caribbean University to recognize students who have excelled academically.  In this programme, the students who are given public recognition are the ones who qualify for the Dean’s List and Honour Roll.

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