College Officially Begins New Academic Year

September 1, 2017

Bermuda College officially started the new school year with Convocation ceremonies yesterday. The annual event, held in the College courtyard, brings faculty, staff and students together to celebrate the new academic session.

BC President, Dr. Duranda Greene was joined by new VP of Academic & Student Affairs, Dr. Phyllis Curtis-Tweed, faculty representative, Dr. Tracey Harney, and Student Government Council representative, D’Ziah Coddington in welcoming new students, and welcoming back returning ones.

Convocation ceremony signally the start of the new academic year at Bermuda College

Convocation ceremony Bermuda College August 2017

Dr. Harney, Senior Biology lecturer, provided 5 tips for students to ensure a successful year, noting that their acceptance into Bermuda College, also earned them membership “into a community within a community”, with the promise that “we are all here for you”.

  • 1. “Aim high,” said Dr. Harney. “You all will be leaving with a transcript which summarises the story of your journey here at BC. Strive to make it a representation of your true potential.
  • 2. Get organised. By doing so, you will have more time and energy available for your studies…
  • 3. Stay healthy and strong in mind and body. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.
  • 4. Get inspired and stay engaged…a[nd, to the delight of students]
  • 5. Nerd out: have fun [once you get your academic groove going]!”

38 students who completed their first year with honours, were recognised during Convocation ceremonies. 10 students who took at least 24 credits in a 60-credit programme achieved GPAs of between 3.5 or higher, earning them a place on the President’s List.

Four of the ten were dual enrolment students with two achieving high marks in the new Certificate of Applied Technology programme, designed for students interested in careers in the applied sciences.

28 students, taking at least 24 credits in a 60-credit programme achieved GPAs between 3 – 3.49, earning them a place on the Vice President’s List. Nine were dual enrolment students with six of the nine enrolled in the Certificate of Applied Technology programme.

College President, Dr. Greene noted that the institutional focus for the 2017-18 academic year remained “Students First” as the College continued to make College access easier. “Summer is behind us and a new year is underway, “she said. “I am looking forward to another year of student success facilitated by the very hard work of our administrative team, faculty and support staff.”

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