A double celebration this summer for UCCI’s high-achieving business students

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The following is a press release from the University College of the Cayman Islands:

Business students from the University College of the Cayman Islands are celebrating not just one, but two prestigious honours this semester thanks to the success of so many of the division’s students.

The first celebration took place on Saturday 28 May 2022 and saw thirteen students from UCCI recognized for obtaining their bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. The ceremony took place at the 13th Annual Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants (CIIPA) Awards Gala, held at the Kimpton Seafire Resort. For more than a decade, CIIPA has celebrated Caymanians reaching key milestones in their accounting careers and this gala marked the beginning of the thirteen young Caymanians’ careers in accounting.

The UCCI students recognized were as follows:

  • Carrie McLaughlin
  • Denry Howell
  • Estefhany Rivers
  • Eva McLean
  • Jordan Williams
  • Jose Vasquez
  • Kireen Morris
  • Kirk Foster
  • Leyla Padilla Arcon
  • John Carlo Ow
  • Sharona Williams
  • Tramaine Roper
  • Yolanda Paredes-Arias

Next, on Friday June 17, 2022, twelve students from the University College of the Cayman Islands will receive a lifetime membership to the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society; established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programmes in schools, colleges, and universities with regional accreditation.

The Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is for students in business, management, and administration. Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or graduate class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers. The principles of Sigma Beta Delta are wisdom (sigma), honor (beta) and pursuit of meaningful aspirations (delta).

The 12 UCCI students being honored at the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society induction ceremony are:

  • Leonardo M. Akagac
  • Svitlana I. Gilyun
  • Jade C. McKenzie
  • Danielle M. A. Bailey
  • Kiara J. Brown
  • Daphne N. Scott
  • Reuben A. Whittaker
  • Alan F. Cubas
  • Victoria B. Tibbetts
  • Johnathan B. Woods
  • Chantell Ebanks
  • Kristen Forbes

Dr. Belinda Blessitt Vincent, Dean of Business and Finance at the University College of the Cayman Islands, commented, “We are immensely proud of the students within the division as each year they show us how talented, hard working and inspirational they are. The students being honored at both events have worked extremely hard for their accomplishments. We are delighted that they chose to stay with UCCI to fulfil their potential and we are proud to be an institution that develops the future community and business leaders for our nation. We celebrate with our students and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

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