Minister: Bermuda College Class Of 2022

June 17, 2022 | 1 Comment

Speaking the House of Assembly today [June 17] Minister of Education Diallo Rabain highlighted the recent graduation at the Bermuda College and the “incredible Class of 2022.”

The Minister said, “Like most universities and colleges, Commencement represents the culmination and highlight of the academic year for Bermuda College. Bermuda College’s Commencement also marks the start of the graduation season in Bermuda. This year for the first time since the pandemic, Bermuda College held a face-to-face ceremony.

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“I am proud to note that there were 93 graduates, with 47% of the Class of 2022 graduating with honours, earning either merit [GPA 3.0 – 3.49] or distinction [GPA 3.5 – 4.0] status, with the Associate of Arts [Business Administration] programme producing the largest graduating group with 23 graduates.

“I am most pleased to share that seven graduates are dual enrolment students who will be awarded associate degrees, diplomas or certificates before receiving their high school certificates later this month. I want Bermuda to know the names of our public school students who have done extremely well in this programme.

“I ask that you and other Members of the House join me in congratulating the Bermuda College Class of 2022, who discovered and followed their path at Bermuda College.”

The Minister’s full statement follows below:

Mr Speaker,

This morning I would like to share with the House information about the recent graduation event at the Bermuda College and provide details of this incredible Class of 2022.

Mr Speaker,

Like most universities and colleges, Commencement represents the culmination and highlight of the academic year for Bermuda College. Bermuda College’s Commencement also marks the start of the graduation season in Bermuda. This year for the first time since the pandemic, Bermuda College held a face-to-face ceremony. It returned to the big tent on its sports field with entrepreneur, author, and community activist Mrs Kristin White as the Commencement Speaker. The Graduate’s address was delivered by Miss Soleil Graham, a dual enrolment student from The Berkeley Institute who received her Associate of Science [Pre-med].

Mr Speaker,

I am proud to note that there were 93 graduates, with 47% of the Class of 2022 graduating with honours, earning either merit [GPA 3.0 – 3.49] or distinction [GPA 3.5 – 4.0] status, with the Associate of Arts [Business Administration] programme producing the largest graduating group with 23 graduates. There was also one student, Isiah Cabral, who earned both his Associate in Science [Actuarial Science] and his Associate in Arts [Business Administration].

Mr Speaker, please indulge me at this time to share the number of graduates for other programmes represented on the graduation list, which include:

Division of Arts & Science

  • The Associate of Arts [Art & Design] – 8 graduates;
  • Associate of Arts – 15 graduates;
  • Associate of Arts [Early Childhood Education] – 2 graduates;
  • Associate of Arts & Science – 2 graduates;
  • Associate of Science – 3 graduates;
  • Associate of Science [Actuarial Science] – 3 graduates;
  • Associate of Science [Education] – 2 graduates;
  • Foundation Diploma Programme [UK] – 1 graduate

Division of Business, Hospitality & Technical Education

  • Certificate for Accounting Technician – 1 graduate;
  • Certificate in Applied Science Technology – 5 graduates;
  • Certificate in Electrical Wiring Technology – 2 graduates;
  • Certificate in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology – 2 graduates;
  • Certificate in Motor Vehicle Technology – 2 graduates;
  • Certificate in Plumbing Technology – 2 graduates;
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts – 2 graduates;
  • Diploma in Food & Beverage Management – 2 graduates;
  • Diploma in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology – 1 graduate;
  • Diploma in Plumbing Technology – 2 graduates;
  • Associate of Applied Science [Culinary Arts] – 1 graduate;
  • Associate of Applied Science [Hospitality Management] – 1 graduate;
  • Associate of Arts [Business Administration] – 23 graduates;
  • Associate of Science [Computer Information Systems] – 5 graduates;

Division of Nursing and Allied Health

  • Associate of Science [Nursing] – 5 graduates;
  • Associate of Science [Pre-Health Science] – 1 graduate;
  • Associate of Science [Pre-Medical Science] – 1 graduate

Mr Speaker,

I am most pleased to share that seven [7] graduates are dual enrolment students who will be awarded associate degrees, diplomas or certificates before receiving their high school certificates later this month. I want Bermuda to know the names of our public school students who have done extremely well in this programme. They are:

From The Berkeley Institute

  • Jaden Anderson – Certificate in Applied Science Technology
  • Soleil Graham – Associate in Science [Pre-Med]
  • Kallan Richardson – Associate in Science [Actuarial Science]

From the CedarBridge Academy

  • J’Kai Berkeley – Certificate in Applied Science Technology
  • Rychus Symonds – Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Joshua Viera – Certificate in Applied Science Technology
  • Aaron White – Certificate in Applied Science Technology

Two-hundred and fifty-four [254] awards were earned, from [PACE], the Professional and Continuing Education Division, including 73 City & Guilds Employability Skills Certificates and 10 Nursing Assistant Certifications, also from both senior public schools.

Mr Speaker,

Other Outstanding Award recipients include: -

  • Most Outstanding Arts Graduate – Caleb Scott and Aaliyah Lee
  • Most Outstanding Actuarial Science Graduate – Isaiah Cabral
  • Most Outstanding Education Graduate – Malay Robinson
  • Most Outstanding Early Childhood Education Graduate – Marina Shaw
  • Most Outstanding Science Graduate – Soleil Graham [Dual Enrollment]
  • Arts & Science Distinguished Dean’s Award – Maya Peart
  • Overall Most Outstanding Division of Arts and Science Award Graduate – Isaiah Cabral
  • Most Outstanding General Business Graduate – Richai Burrows
  • Most Outstanding Management Graduate – Amber Furtado
  • Most Outstanding Accounting/Finance Graduate – Isaiah Cabral
  • Most Outstanding Information Technology Graduate – Jhazii Johnson
  • Best Culinary Arts Graduate – Ondoua Ford
  • Business & Hospitality Dean’s Award for Excellence – Miguel Simas
  • Most Outstanding Plumbing Graduate – Takai Ball
  • Most Outstanding Computer & Programming Graduate – Jaden Anderson [Dual Enrollment]
  • Most Outstanding Materials & Mechanics Graduate – Aaron White [Dual Enrollment]
  • Most Outstanding Electrical/Electronics Graduate – J’Kai Berkeley [Dual Enrollment]
  • Director of Nursing & Allied Health Leadership Award – Rhonda Lynn Tacklin
  • Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice Award – Riley Mello
  • Nursing Impact Award – Char-Lee Simons & Wanda Trott-Murray
  • Nursing Academic Achievement Award – Judith Shakir
  • Allied Health Academic Achievement Award – Soleil Graham [Dual Enrollment]

Mr Speaker,

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the nine [9] students who graduated with their Bachelors and Masters degrees through the partnerships Bermuda College has with Mount Saint Vincent and Miami University, respectively. There were six [6] Mount St. Vincent students who completed their Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Association with Bermuda College and three [3] students who completed their Masters in Special Education with Miami University.

Mr Speaker,

I ask that you and other Members of the House join me in congratulating the Bermuda College Class of 2022, who discovered and followed their path at Bermuda College!

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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