UTech: 'Take the world by storm'
Erica Virtue, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Valedictorian Delano Orlando Mighty sparked life into yesterday's University of Technology (UTech) graduation exercise at the National Arena with a charge to his fellow graduates to take the world by storm.
Mighty's address came towards the end of a long programme but his message was well received by fellow graduates and members of the platform, including former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, chancellor of the university.
"Brilliance has no use without application and hard work. And it was hard work that brought us here. We are the generation to take Jamaica forward and take the world by storm," declared Mighty.
He urged his fellow graduates to seize the opportunities that higher education will provide for them as he received generous applause.
Among those leading the applause was Chief Education Officer Grace McLean, who was conferred with a PhD in Career and Technical Education, and Olympian Carrie Russell, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Studies.
Seaga, in a sometimes barely audible address, stressed the importance of mathematics to the development of the society.
He argued that mathematics was central to many of the ideas and decisions that guide development of the country and is the pillar around which many decisions are made.
In the meantime, acting UTech president, former government minister Burchell Whiteman, urged the class of 2014 to fly the university's flag high wherever they go. He urged the graduates to go into the marketplace and force changes.