Community 442 Graduates Form 2011 Commencement Class of The College of The Bahamas
By The College Of The Bahamas Office of Communication
Jun 7, 2011 - 10:45:56 AM
The College Of The Bahamas
Office of Communication
Bahamas – In one of the single largest indicators of the institution’s
transition to becoming a university, 65 percent of the 442 graduates of The
College of The Bahamas earned baccalaureate degrees, the highest percentage in
the history of the institution. The College held its 2011 Commencement Service
on Thursday, May 26th under the theme: “Overcoming Challenges,
College values the international learning experiences that it affords its
students who go on to compete on an international playing field, raising The
Bahamas’ profile in the global arena. Regional Coordinator of Policy, Government
and Public Affairs for the Chevron Corporation, Ms. Mariette Storr, AA ’85, is
a proud graduate of The College who returned to deliver the 2011 Commencement
Commencement Guest Speaker, Mariette Storr, AA ’85, addressed the 34th Commencement at the Diplomat Centre
implored the newest alumni of the institution to keep a tight rein on their
goals and seek the wise counsel of others.
if you choose to define success by how well you raise your family, or by how
well you contribute to the greater community, we need your generation to vary
your dreams to suit not just the needs of our country, but the needs of the
world,” she said.
Storr also urged the Commencement Class to think locally, but act globally as
they improve their marketability and the country’s resiliency.
Assistant Professor, English, Raymond Oenbring accepted the Stanley Wilson Award for Excellence in Research for his Corpus Linguistics Studies into Standard Bahamian English.
“We can no longer deny that The Bahamas has become its own
melting pot of various cultures, languages and peoples. This calls for greater
flexibility in how we choose to relate to others who share our world,” she
added. “One of the ways we can be more flexible is by becoming multi-lingual.
For the last ten years, I’ve interfaced with colleagues who have two, three and
four languages, and they speak my language as well as I do. They are at a
distinct advantage, and the opportunities for them to soar are numerous.”
College President Dr. Betsy V. Boze and College Council Chair Mr. T. Baswell Donaldson on the platform at the 34th Commencement Service on Thursday, May 26th .
Hundreds of family members, friends, supporters and mentors of the
graduates along with members of the College community attended the Commencement
held at the Diplomat Centre of Bahamas Faith Ministries on Carmichael Road. College
Council Chairman Mr. T. Baswell Donaldson conferred degrees from various
disciplines including business, social and educational studies, liberal and
fine arts pure and applied sciences and culinary arts. Mr. Donaldson said the
graduates deserved to be proud of their accomplishments and the solid
foundation they received at The College of The Bahamas.
yours is a shared success, a community achievement and the ending of this
particular odyssey into higher education that must be celebrated and remembered
for years to come,” he said.
while you relish your well deserved accomplishments, pay particular attention
to the realities of the world that awaits you: a world where there is
immeasurable wealth, but still abject poverty; where there are amazing advances
in technology and scientific discoveries, yet an erosion of fundamental values
and ideals, a world marred by social and economic
unrest and conflict, but where embracing differences and challenges position us
to overcome common foes. I challenge you to avoid resting on present laurels.
Instead, constantly seek new ways to guarantee future successes. Consider how
you are serving and preserving what is best in our society and in humanity.”
College Council Chair, Mr. T. Baswell Donaldson, awarded Lynette Q. Gibbs, a graduate of the School of Education, the Governor General’s Award at the 34th Commencement Service on Thursday, May 26th.
The 442 graduates this year represented a 2% increase over the
2010 Commencement Class. Twenty-four percent of the graduates were males. In
addition to the baccalaureate degrees, graduates also earned associate degrees,
diplomas and certificates.
In her first Commencement address as President of The College of
The Bahamas, Dr. Betsy V. Boze reminded the graduates of their international
Members of the 2011 Commencement Class of The College of The Bahamas were euphoric about completing their degree programmes.
are challenges ahead, to be sure; those with the potential to impede human
development, community cohesion, social advancement and true progress. But vast
opportunities also await you, opportunities that may be the most gratifying and
rewarding ever,” she said. “Your mission will be to help this nation overcome
challenges and embrace these new opportunities. None of you should leave this
Diplomat Centre thinking that this goal cannot be accomplished. In life, you
will be confronted with many obstacles, but the ones with the greatest
potential to hold us back
are the ones that we impose on ourselves.”
the special graduation honours awarded at the Commencement were: the Governor
General’s Award presented to Lynette Q. Gibbs, BEd, for earning the highest
cumulative GPA over 3.70; the President’s Award presented to Reva D. Sharma,
BA, Public Administration and Bahamian & Caribbean Literature, for her
academic distinction, leadership in extracurricular activities and high
personal character and The College of The Bahamas Alumni Society Leadership
Award presented to Tavaris O. Sands, BEd, for attaining a minimum cumulative
GPA of 3.00 and demonstrating consistent leadership in a college club or
organization. BEd graduate, Collette B. Pickstock, was also awarded the Scholar
Athlete Award for her academic distinction, extraordinary athletic
contributions, leadership qualities and involvement in community activities.