Some 1700 graduates were present at the National Cultural Centre yesterday as the University of Guyana, (UG) conferred on the graduates degrees, diplomas and other certificates from several new programmes, which were introduced as part of the syllabus for this year.
The new programmes included the Diploma in General Psychology, Master of Medicine-Emergency Medicine, Master of Medicine-Family Medicine, and Bachelor of Science-—Medical Rehabilitation—the first batch of students to graduate with the option in Speech, Language Therapy and Audiology.
The faculty of Natural Sciences also graduated it first Associate of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Associate of Science in Biology.
And the Faculty of Social Sciences produced its first Bachelor of Social Science in Business Economics; and its first batch of students from its School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation [SEBI].
During the convocation ceremony, UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, told the graduates that this year the University is celebrating a number of new achievements.
He said that among the new programmes, UG for the first time in its 55 years of existence has conferred Honorary Doctorate Degrees on four distinguished Guyanese.
“So there is a lot to celebrate. Among you are a mother and daughter graduating and a twin brother and sister graduating together; there are a number of firsts for us as a university as well.”
During a second session of the convocation ceremony, approximately 400 graduates came from the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and Natural Sciences.
In his feature address, Guyanese-born Professor Norman Munroe, who is Director, Office of Student Access and Success and of the Centre for Diversity in Engineering and Computing at Florida International University, encouraged the graduates to find their passion and pursue their goals in their respective fields.
“It is very important that you are passionate about what you do and that you become a mentor for someone else.”
Having been conferred with an honorary doctorate, New York-based Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Jairaj Sobraj, urged the graduates to remain determined in their academic and professional pursuit.
“Determination is what Guyanese are made of. Guyanese are tough cookies and you should seek to be determined in what you do.”
Of the students to graduate from 116 academic programmes, yesterday, were those from UG’s eight academic units—the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Education and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation,(SEBI) .
The convocation was conducted in three separate ceremonies – the first at 9:00 hours for graduates from the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Education and Humanities.
The convocation address was delivered by Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University—one of the leading British universities with which UG is developing relations.
The second convocation ceremony was for the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and Natural Sciences, featured Professor Norman Munroe, Director, Office of Student Access and Success and of the Centre for Diversity in Engineering and Computing at Florida International University.
And the final ceremony was for graduates of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the SEBI – the two largest units of the university.
The keynote speaker of the session was Attorney-at-law Mr. Kamal Ramkarran, a University of Guyana alumnus of the Class of 1997, who is a Partner at Cameron and Shepherd, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
Additionally, as part of continuing efforts to embrace the alumni, the University spotlighted representatives of the alumni at the various convocations.
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