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TCI Community College celebrates its 24th Annual Graduation during its Silver Anniversary

#Providenciales, 7 December, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The story began 25 years ago; the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College was once just a dream and today the College celebrates a quarter of a century. Many people would have been instrumental in seeing the evolution of the College to where it is today.

Mrs. Pamela Taylor, the first registered student of the College was the Guest Speaker. She quoted from Martin Luther King, “The function of education is to teach one to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” She encouraged the students to remember God in the decisions that they would make for the future and closed with the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11.

The 24th Annual Commencement Exercise took place at the Paradise Baptist Church, which saw 95 students being eligible to graduate in this cycle. There were 20 Bachelor students among the graduates in the areas of Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Management and Human Resource; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Management Information Systems and Primary Education.

Students graduated from various Associate Degree Programmes: Architectural and Building Design Technology; Business Studies; Computer and Electrical Engineering Technology; Computer Services; Culinary Arts; Early Childhood Education; General Studies (Humanities); General Studies (Science); Hospitality and Tourism Management; Marine Biology / Biology Minor and Primary Education.

The Faculty of Business Administration captured the Valedictorian and Salutatorian spots for two consecutive years. Ms. Frankira Forbes captured the top spot with Ms. Marjha Nazon following her. In the Associate Degree programme, Ms. Britiania Missick, another Business student, was named Valedictorian and the lone gentleman, Mr. Tyrese Saunders from the Faculty of Architectural and Building Design Technology captured the Salutatorian honour.

Kentavia Saunders and Dewandre Smith were the first Graduates from the Associate Degree Programme in Marine Biology and they have Scuba certification as well. Temiloluwa Olugbanmu became the first student to graduate from the Bachelor of Science programme in Management Information Systems.

Students would have performed well in their various programmes, Faculty Awards were presented at the Annual Graduands Banquet, and those students were:

Tyrese Saunders                               Associate Degree in Architectural and Building Design Technology
Britiania Misick                                  Associate Degree in Business Administration
Deante James                                    Associate Degree in Computer Studies
Christofer Lugo                                 Associate Degree in Computer Studies
Nicholas Freites                                Associate Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering
Glunise Gustave                               Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
Eleth Davis                                          Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Angelina Astwood                           Associate Degree in General Studies (Humanities)
Rashaunda Cooke                            Associate Degree in General Studies (Science)
Kayanna Gibson                                Associate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Dewandre Smith                               Associate Degree in Marine Biology
Chrissy Stubbs-Williams                Associate Degree in Primary Education
Chinedu Otuonye                            Associate Degree In Tourism Management
Frankira Forbes                                 Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Finance)
Marjha Nazon                                    Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Human
                                                                Resource Mgmt.)
Sandra Nemours                              Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management
Temiloluwa Olugbanmu                Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems
Alecia Fenelus                                   Bachelor of Science Degree in Primary Education

President Dr. Hubert Fulford echoed words of thanks. He said, “This is a time of celebration at the TCI Community College. It is a time to reflect on how far the College has come and to look forward to where we are going.” He continued, “Congratulations to those who would have graduated this year from the College and we remember the over 2000 Alumni of this noble institution – those who are impacting every sphere of development in this country.” He said, “The Turks and Caicos Islands is proud of where we have come and we look forward to the University of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Education is everyone’s business and we honour our partners who collaborate with the College. We are in this together and together we will win.

Release: TCI Community College

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