UCC graduates encouraged to dream big

Professor Dennis J. Gayle, President and Executive Chancellor of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean presents the Honourable Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty, Attorney-at-Law and Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica with a framed copy of her Honorary Doctorate Degree shortly after she was conferred during the University’s Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony was held on Sunday (July 21) at the National Arena.

Kingston, July 24, 2019 – The 2019 graduating class of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean has been charged to “set goals and dream big” as they embark on the next chapter of their professional lives.

The charge was issued by the Honourable Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty, OJ, Attorney -at-Law and Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica during her commencement address at the University’s Commencement Ceremony at the National Arena on Sunday.

Mrs. Pine McLarty was also conferred with a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration by the University’s President and Executive Chancellor, Professor Dennis J. Gayle.

“Set goals for yourself and pursue them with happiness and vigor. Write down your dreams and goals. Don’t be afraid to change them as you grow and develop. However, do not change them because it is hard work. Hard work will always be there,” Mrs. Pine McLarty advised graduates.

For his part, Professor Gayle reminded the graduates that there is abundant evidence that higher education improves an individual’s quality of life, while cumulatively driving national, regional and international economic growth and development.

 “Compared to high school graduates, university and college graduates tend to experience longer life spans, better access to health care, greater job satisfaction, expanded lifetime earnings, economic security, and improved career prospects,” Professor Gayle said.

Approximately 400 graduates were conferred with their bachelors or masters degrees in various programmes such as, the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration, Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Financial Management, Information Systems Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management or Tourism and Hospitality Management, among others.

UCC is the largest non-affiliated privately owned university in Jamaica. The institution is currently pursuing Institutional Accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica, and was granted international institutional accreditation by the UK-based Accreditation Services of Independent Colleges and Universities, following an evaluation visit in November 2016.

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