Students graduate from Bermuda College with drive-through presentation
Students should use the confidence they have gained through academic success to help them navigate “a world in crisis”, an entrepreneur told this year’s Bermuda College graduation ceremony.
Jamel Hardtman, the producer and cohost of The Daily Hour talk show, told the class of 2021: “Don’t leave with arrogance but a confidence that through adversity you have been successful and through adversity you will continue to be successful.
“The world that we live in doesn’t owe you anything – not a job, a career, nothing.
“It is up to you to use your academic teachings and skills you have developed to earn what you desire.
“Take advantage of opportunities in and around your community. Continue to become better citizens for the benefit of the generations behind you.”
A total of 79 Bermuda College students yesterday received associate degrees, diplomas or certificates during the virtual ceremony, which was streamed on YouTube.
More than 50 per cent of the students graduated with honours with merit – a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 – or distinction, a GPA of 3.5 to 4.0.
Duranda Greene, the college president, praised the students for their “resilience, persistence, dedication, commitment, tenacity and ability to pivot” in a world turned upside down by the pandemic.
Dr Greene said: “You are leaving us at a strange and uncertain time.”
But she added: “One thing I am confident of is that you have the fortitude to see this pandemic thorough.
“I’m confident that we have prepared you for the next phase of your life journey.”
Chervonne Hodsoll gave the graduate address.
The students were given their qualifications in a drive through ceremony.