Dr. Delroy Jefferson will be the featured speaker at the annual commencement exercises for the University College of the Cayman Islands at 7 p.m. Thursday (05/11).
Jefferson is the medical director of the Health Services Administration. In addition to his doctorate of medicine in anaesthesia and critical care, he has a master’s and a PhD in business administration and is about to embark on a course of study for two law doctorates, which he plans on earning simultaneously.
The doctor also volunteers his time each summer, setting up and manning clinics for free health care in poor regions of the Caribbean, South American and Africa.
Interim Vice President and Provost J.D. Mosley-Matchett said Jefferson was chosen because of his dedication to education as well as medicine.
“Dr. Jefferson is a model for our students,” Mosley-Matchett said. “His dedication to humanity and his efforts to support students in their quest for education and careers is exemplary.”
The student-selected theme for this year’s commencement is “Embracing Change, Exceeding Expectations.” Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony is limited to 500 guests in alignment with government guidelines. More than 200 students earned degrees or certificates this year and about 150 students are expected to be on hand to receive their diplomas.
President and CEO Stacy McAfee said Thursday’s event is special since it is tempered by the challenges of 2020.
“This will be a year to remember, certainly,” McAfee said. “We do feel fortunate that at a time when most colleges are not open due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are able to have an in-person, albeit limited, celebration. We are very proud of our graduates and we are glad we will be able to physically place their diplomas in their hands.”
The event will be live streamed for those not in attendance. Visit UCCI’s Facebook page to view the ceremony.