Virgin Gorda students took center stage at the 2015 H Lavity Stoutt Community College Graduation exercise. The students from the sister island were lauded for their stellar performance during the graduation ceremony. It was announced that three of the students who earned top honours, and Keyonna Farrington the student who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and Shea Alexander, the student respondent also hailed from the island of Virgin Gorda.
The class of 2015 consisting of 149 students, 34 of whom graduated with honor. Among the honour students were eight males and 26 females. Larhoney Cynthis is the part-time student who achieved the highest G.P.A.
In terms of certification — 10 CMI programme awards were presented, 22 certificates of achievement, 24 Associates of Arts degree, 121 Associate in Science degrees, and 16 multiple awards.
This year’s graduation coincides with the College’s 25th Anniversary celebration. In his address Premier Dr. D Orlando Smith noted the milestone celebration of the Institution, and announced that the HLSCC continues to be a beacon, a light to BV Islanders.
The BVI Leader said “Your success and today’s defining moment represents progress, and the promise of greatness for the British Virgin Islands. This institution continues to be a central actor in realizing BVI’s great promise.”
“As we continue to celebrate 25 years of tertiary education, I am reminded that it took one man’s dream so that many – including you here today – fulfill your dreams. We continue to be grateful to the legacy that H. Lavity Stoutt has left behind, one that reminds us that education is a great equalizer and a catalyst for progress,” he added.
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn congratulated the graduate: “This country needs you as we all work to continue its development and endeavour to maintain a stable and growing economy. Your success in your chosen fields will be important as we strive to continue to build our twin pillars of Financial Services and Tourism and begin to build new pillars.”
“Whatever it is that you have decided to do after today, I want to encourage you to always strive for excellence and to also think of ways you can utilize your skills and talents to the benefit of these islands,” he added.
In the response Graduant Alexander said: “We have all arrived at this point today to what sometimes may have seemed insurmountable odds. This easy task of collecting our official documentation pales when compared to the endless assignments, long nights completing them, challenging group projects, and difficult exams.”
“I extend gratitude to our families and friends for the boundless support and encouragement. We thank the government and people of the Virgin Islands for the opportunity of receiving tertiary education afforded to not many…”
The Keynote address was delivered by Dr. Robert Mathavious, the Managing Director of the Financial Services Commission. He told the graduating class: “Many people make the mistake of thinking that all the challenges in life will disappear if they have enough money – nothing could be further from the truth. When we anchor after the power and prestige that we believe money is success and the access it will bring, we are running away from the real world; we are setting up ourselves for a big fall.”
“Money matters, but never do everything for money, never believe that everything has a monetary value or money is the most important measure of whether you are successful in society,” he added.