Before conferring the graduates with their certificates and degrees, Acting President of HLSCC, Judith Vanterpool disclosed that there were 12 students from the graduating batch that reside on Virgin Gorda.
Twenty-four certificates and 84 associate degrees were awarded. Eleven students graduated with multiple certifications and 18 of them graduated with various honours.
In addition, 23 of them made the Phi Theta Kappa Honour Society, with 11 being full members and 12 provisional members.
Daniella Paula Mourillon, who graduated with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for full-time students, copped the Ernst and Young Accounting Award.
The student with the highest cumulative GPA for part-time students was Larnett Gracia Whattley.
Graduates Judy Jeremiah, and Antoinette Leslie-Roberts received the Dean’s Award.
The top two programmes from which students graduated this year are business administration and accounting. The college currently offers two levels of certification, a certificate of achievement comprising a minimum of 15 credits and an associate degree comprising a minimum of 60 credits.
Other areas of study included finance, food and beverage management, small-business management, business information systems, graphic information technology, primary education, general science, biology, chemistry, education, English, human services, natural science, entrepreneurship, automotive engineering technology, architectural drawing, marine technology, and culinary arts.
Vanterpool had many positive words of encouragement for her students during her graduation address, but one important advice she shared with them was to “Keep your eyes on the future.”
Premier Hon. Andrew Fahie commended the students on staying the course to ensure that they completed their studies despite the challenges that were caused by two hurricanes that devastated the island in 2017.
“You remained laser-focused, you stayed on course during a time when everyone’s life in the BVI was totally shaken and disrupted by the impacts of two devastating hurricanes,” he remarked.
The Keynote Speaker was Deputy Governor David Archer, who spoke of the importance of community in helping to guide and nourish the talents and gifts of young people. He also urged the graduates to make full use of the opportunities available to them through their education.