The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) has conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration on Gary Craig Hendrickson in recognition of his achievements in business and industry.
The presentation was made during UCC’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony held at the National Arena on Sunday (July 23).
Mr Hendrickson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Continental Baking Company Limited, has joined the distinguished company of other recipients of honorary degrees from UCC. These include Richard Byles, former president and CEO of Sagicor; Bruce Bowen, former CEO and President of Scotiabank Jamaica; Barry O’Brien, former CEO of Digicel, and Professor Errol Morrison, Director General of the National Commission on Science and Technology.
In delivering the Commencement address, Mr Hendrickson bemoaned the lack of standards in many areas of national life and implored the graduating class and the population in general to strive for world-class standards, firstly, to meet our own criteria. “We are number one, we matter,” Hendrickson told the gathering.
He asserted that Jamaica can achieve excellence in innovation as demonstrated in the areas of sports, music, medicine and literary expressions. Noting that many Jamaicans were succumbing to the get-rich-quick-mentality, Mr Hendrickson emphasised that success must be preceded by hard word.
More than 700 persons received certifications in several programmes offered by UCC ranging from master’s degrees to certificates.
In his address to the graduating class, UCC Executive Chancellor Professor Dennis J. Gayle announced that the institution would be offering three types of scholarships. First degree holders who apply for the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration/Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration programmes by October 2017 will receive 20 per cent discount in tuition fees. In addition, a 20-per cent discount in tuition fees is available for applicants to the UCC MBA programme by January 2018, as well as for first degree holders who apply for any professional short course by December 2017.