His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J, Governor-General and University of Technology, Jamaica Visitor in his absence conveyed his congratulations to the Graduating Class through a message read by University Registrar Mrs Mercedes Deane . His Excellency expressed commendation to the University “on its consistent growth and expansion,” including the recently gained “accreditation for the law programme.” Honorary Degrees The Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa (Hon. LLD) honorary degrees were conferred on three outstanding Jamaicans – Mr. Gary Hendrickson , CEO Continental Baking Company Limited, The Rev. Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin , Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen and The Hon. Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla, OJ , Chief Justice of Jamaica. The citation on business man and philanthropist, Mr Gary Hendrickson, read by University Public Orator Mrs. Pamela Kelly , lauded him for “the remarkable link he has managed to forge between business and charity,” while the citation on Rev. Hudson-Wilkin extolled her for her trailblazing successes in achieving many firsts as a woman of colour. The Public Orator’s citation on Jamaica’s first female Chief Justice, the Hon. Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla, acknowledged her considerable distinction in the field of law and in service to the Jamaican justice system. In his acceptance remarks, Mr Hendrickson dedicated the honour to his customers and staff, noting that “I accept this for them because philanthropy can only be possible by profits.” Rev. Hudson-Wilkin in her acceptance thanked UTech, Jamaica “for recognizing the work that I have done…which now becomes part of my life story. The Hon. Chief Justice, Mrs. Zaila McCalla also emphasized the values of civility, integrity and exemplary work ethics as imperatives for excellence. “Open Doors for Others” - Valedictorian Valedictorian was Miss Crystal Taylor , First Class Honours graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Technology course of study, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies. She charged her fellow graduates to use their education and beneficial experiences gained at UTech, Ja. to open doors for others in their communities. “Let this be your charge today, to change the world starting with your community,” the Valedictorian affirmed. Cont’d from page 1... Graduation 2017 Valedictorian Crystal Taylor delivering her address. SPHHT FENC FENC President’s Pins The President’s Pin was presented to three outstanding graduates who attained the criteria of a Grade ‘A’ and GPA of 3.75 to 4.00 in the last Academic Year. Accepting the President’s Pin from Prof. Stephen Vasciannie are First Class Honours graduates (from left) Rhona Wong-Reid, School of Public Health and Health Technology who was awarded the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing with a GPA of 3.83, Chanelle Pearson, Faculty of Engineering and Computing who was awarded the Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Sciences with a GPA of 3:75 and Shervain Barrett, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, who was awarded the Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science with a GPA 3.76. 3 October - November 2017 | VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica