Former Minister of Education, Dr. Neville Gallimore has encouraged tertiary level graduates to give service to their communities, and to display integrity at their places of work.
Dr. Gallimore, who served as Minister of Education between 1986 and 1989, emphasised the need for graduates to reach out to their communities and help in their development.
He was delivering the keynote address at Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) graduation ceremony, held on August 15, at the institution’s main campus, in Mandeville, Manchester.
Human Resources Manager at Jamalco, Christopher Buckmaster (left), accepts the President’s Medallion, on behalf of the company, from President of Northern Caribbean University, Dr. Herbert Thompson, at the institution’s graduation ceremony on August 15.
“My hope for you is that when you leave this institution with your qualifications, you will take along with you, strict honesty and integrity. Never compromise your integrity, Jamaica needs what you have, and as you depart to face the world of work, go out and work for your nation with knowledge, tenacity, compassion and love,” he told the graduates.
In his message to the graduates, President of NCU, Dr. Herbert Thompson, said the occasion marked “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream – the beginning of a chosen career.”
He had had praise for the Clarendon based alumina company, Jamalco, which was awarded the President’s Medallion for service to education and the community.
“Any company that has given so much to communities, and the development of education, as Jamalco has done, deserves this award,” Dr. Thompson said.
Dr. Gallimore was conferred with an honorary degree by the university.
More than 900 students graduated from NCU this year. The institution has three campuses – Mandeville, Kingston, and Runaway Bay, in St. Ann.