UG 51st Con­vo­ca­tion to fea­ture two cer­e­monies

-2000 to grad­u­ate

Stabroek News Sunday - - PUBLIC NOTICE -

On Novem­ber 11, the Univer­sity of Guyana’s (UG) 51st Con­vo­ca­tion will be held at the Turkeyen cam­pus where the Univer­sity will cel­e­brate the ac­com­plish­ments of about 1800 stu­dents, and for the first time in the his­tory of the univer­sity the cer­tifi­cated, di­plo­mas and degrees will be awarded at two cer­e­monies.

Ac­cord­ing to a UG press re­lease, the cer­e­mony for the Fac­ul­ties of Agri­cul­ture and Forestry, Earth the En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences, and Tech­nol­ogy, will be held at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre (NCC) at 10:00h, while that for the Fac­ul­ties of Ed­u­ca­tion and Hu­man­i­ties, Health Sci­ences, So­cial and Sci­ences will be held on cam­pus, beginning at 16:30 h.

The re­lease quoted Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Ivelaw Grif­fith, who pro­posed the change as say­ing, “Our grad­u­at­ing classes have grown tremen­dously over the years, and hav­ing one cer­e­mony has meant hav­ing ex­tremely long cer­e­monies, with some graduates and guests leav­ing be­fore the cer­e­monies con­clude.” The re­lease quoted him as adding, “Cre­at­ing two cer­e­monies al­lows us to main­tain the tra­di­tion of hav­ing ev­ery grad­uand cross the stage and shake the hand of the Chan­cel­lor, and main­tain the solem­nity of the oc­ca­sion, while re­duc­ing the length of the cer­e­mony.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, the re­lease stated, un­like pre­vi­ous years, all stu­dents grad­u­at­ing with di­plo­mas will be in­vited to don aca­demic robes along with those grad­u­at­ing with Bach­e­lor and Masters Degrees. An­other new fea­ture at this year’s Con­vo­ca­tion will be the use of cer­e­mo­nial gon­falons, which are ban­ners of­ten shield-shaped that hang from cross­pieces on top of poles. These ban­ners are usu­ally car­ried at the head of the Con­vo­ca­tion pro­fes­sion and iden­tify the dif­fer­ent Fac­ul­ties within the univer­sity from which stu­dents are grad­u­at­ing.

More­over, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, beginning this year and as part of strength­en­ing the Univer­sity’s en­gage­ment with alumni and in­spir­ing grad­u­at­ing and con­tin­u­ing stu­dents, the Univer­sity will spot­light dis­tin­guished alumni at the var­i­ous Con­vo­ca­tions. Dr Dhan­paul Narine, Bach­e­lor of Art in His­tory, Class of 1975, will de­liver the ad­dress at the first cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 11 at NCC. He is a dis­tin­guished ed­u­ca­tor and jour­nal­ist based in New York, and is a former lec­turer at City Univer­sity of New York and the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics from which he se­cured his doc­toral de­gree. Am­bas­sador Ru­dolph Michael TenPow, who stud­ies Modern Lan­guages and is the Am­bas­sador Ex­traor­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of Guyana to the United Na­tions, will give the key­note at the cer­e­mony on the Turkeyen cam­pus.

At the Ber­bice cam­pus Con­vo­ca­tion, where more than 200 stu­dents will grad­u­ate on Novem­ber 18 on the Univer­sity Square at Tain, the Con­vo­ca­tion Ad­dress will be de­liv­ered by Patricia Bac­chus, Class of 2004, Bach­e­lor of Laws. Bac­chus, who hails from the An­cient County, is the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and Chair­per­son of the Board of Caribbean Con­tainer Inc (for­merly SAPIL). She also serves as Chair­per­son of the Board of Go-In­vest, the re­lease said.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the In­sti­tute of Dis­tance and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion, the ex­tra-mu­ral arm of the univer­sity, is sched­uled to hold its grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies for its four cen­tres as fol­lows: Ge­orge­town Cen­tre on Novem­ber 25; Lin­den Cen­tre on Novem­ber 26, Anna Regina Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 3 and the New Am­s­ter­dam Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 9, 2017.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Ivelaw Grif­fith

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