MORE THAN 2,400 graduates of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, flaunted their coveted gowns as they enjoyed a moment that every student strives to attain.
Two of the four graduating ceremonies took place yesterday at the UWI Mona campus in St Andrew, the other two will take place today.
Professor, the Honourable Sir George Alleyne, chancellor of UWI, commended the university's professors on campus for "bringing together some of the best and brightest minds of Caribbean scholars that reflect the future of the region".
He also noted that the possibilities vested in these graduates were limitless as they had passed through such a great institution.
The class valedictorian, Keisean Stevenson, who attained a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with first class honours from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, also encouraged the graduates.
He noted that "feelings of incompetence may have plagued us because we did not meet our expectations", while also admitting that there were times when they felt overwhelmed as those expectations were also exceeded.
"I have learnt that time is precious and valuable, it quickly slips by but treasure that time because with each passing moment, we will be left with less than what we had before. Learn from your mistakes and help others to learn from these things as being wrong only means you still have much to learn," he added.