'Don't waste your time' - NCU president says students who will not comply with rules need not apply
Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
DR TREVOR Gardner, president of the Northern Caribbean University, has said students who do not intend to adhere to the rules and regulations of the institution need not apply.
The institution has come under scrutiny in recent times with a series of highlights in the media on its ethical and moral standards. Gardner said the institution will continue to produce at the highest quality without interference from external forces.
"There's a misunderstanding of people who come to the university, who, despite the fact that they sign contracts and say they'll abide by the standards of the institution, from time to time, feel that they must exert their energy to divert the direction of the institution. It will not happen. Don't waste your time ... ."
Gardner was speaking on Sunday during the institution's annual commencement service held on the grounds of the Mandeville-based campus. Approximately 961 students were granted qualifications: nine doctor of philosophy degrees, 86 master's degrees, 798 bachelor's degrees and 77 associate degrees - (of that number 165 graduated in absentia).
In addition to those conferred with their degrees, representative for the New York's 9th Congressional District and guest speaker for the morning session, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke was presented with the Doctor of Public Service, [honoris causa], while chairman of the Hart Group of Companies and guest speaker for the afternoon session Antony Keith Edmund Hart was granted the distinguished Doctor of Commerce [honoris causa]. Retired ministers Cecil Roy Perry and William Kirlew had the Honorary Doctor of Religion and Theology degree bestowed upon them.
Clarke, who is of Jamaican heritage, exceeded the requirements for the honours conferred upon her, and so, too, her fellow honoree, Hart, who has been a prominent business leader providing sustained contribution to the Montego Bay Freeport project.
Having been elected to congress in November 2006, Clarke expressed delight for her recognition and urged graduates to be agents of change.
" ... Know that you have been uniquely educated and positioned to take on the mantle of the next generation of national leaders of excellence ... you may not have had the material wealth of a billionaire, but you have something far more powerful ... because of you, today we conquer the present."