SBCS graduates honoured

The School of Business and Computer Science hosts over 800 graduates at its 15th annual graduation ceremony
SBCS Executive Director Dr Robin R. Maraj
SBCS Executive Director, Dr Robin R. Maraj, delivering the keynote speech

School of Business and Computer Science (SBCS) honoured over 800 graduates at its 15th annual graduation ceremony at the Hyatt Regency hotel, Port of Spain, on 26 April.

The event's theme was ‘Great Learning, Extraordinary Possibilities’ and in his keynote address SBCS Executive Director Dr Robin R. Maraj told the large audience in the Regency ballroom that the 27-year-old institution defines success not in terms of the numbers of certificates awarded, but by its ability to mould and shape the lives of its students who will contribute meaningfully to society.

Maraj noted that newly minted graduates face being dismissed as being too theoretical and disruptive by a culture of defeatism in the workplace. He encouraged graduates to marshal all that they had learned during their courses of study to overcome such challenges, noting: "It is easy to be discouraged by naysayers – people who are content to complain but are not willing to step up and make a difference."

The event was also punctuated by several speakers representing each of the five UK-based universities which are affiliated with the local institution: Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, plus the Universities of Greenwich, Sunderland, Leicester, and London (LSE, Goldsmiths, and Royal Holloway).

Addressing the BSc Computing and Information Systems class, valedictorian Greogory Galera underscored the notion of leadership through innovation. He said that quite often innovation is confused with novelty.

Galera challenged popular misconceptions about technology giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook being the first to deliver novel products, and noted it is not about who does it first, but about who does it best. He urged the graduates not to hang their diplomas and spirits on the same nail.

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