December 7, 2021

Cayman Islands college announces speaker for 44th Commencement

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Dr. Bertice Berry is announced as speaker for ICCI’s 44th Commencement

Best-selling author, sociologist, lecturer, and educator Dr. Bertice Berry will be the speaker for ICCI’s 44th Commencement Ceremony next month.

Dr. Berry is a graduate of Jacksonville University in Florida and received her doctorate in sociology from Kent State University at the age of 26. She began her career in education, teaching sociology and statistics at Kent where she learned that integrating humor into her lectures helped her build strong connections with students. Her lectures were so popular that the university had trouble finding rooms to fit all of the students who wanted to attend them. She has made hundreds of appearances presenting lectures mixing inspirational and motivational advice with humor while addressing serious subjects such as racism and sexism.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Berry to celebrate The 44th Commencement with us,” said ICCI President Dr. David Marshall. “We wanted an extraordinary presence to inspire this outstanding class.

Dr. Berry has lived a life of professional excellence and believes in giving back to her community. These are the values we want all ICCI graduates to have, so she is the perfect speaker for this very important occasion.”

Dr. Berry is the author of 11 critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction books that explore issues such as race, gender and culture. She has also gained recognition for her work as an entertainer and comedian, winning the national Comedian of the Year Award several years in a row. Dr. Berry has appeared on numerous television programs, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and ABC’s “20/20.” She was also the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, “The Bertice Berry Show.”

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate with ICCI students. Earning a degree is among the most significant achievements in life. I want to let them know that getting through their very rigorous academic program at ICCI is a testament to their perseverance and personal commitment to their education,” Dr. Berry said. “Commencement is also a perfect time for students to reflect on their unique purpose in life and use it to improve first themselves and then those they live and work with.”

Dr. Berry says she is proud of what she calls her most rewarding role of being a caregiver for her five adopted children.

ICCI commencement ceremonies will be held Feb. 9 at the Ritz-Carlton. Forty-six students are scheduled to receive respectively, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.
RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited is the Primary and Excellence Sponsor for The 44th Commencement. Foster’s Food Fair IGA is the Supporting Sponsor. ——————————————————————————————-
Founded in 1970, the International College of the Cayman Islands the Birthplace of Tertiary Education in the Cayman Islands.
The International College of the Cayman Islands is accredited by The Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities (UK).
The International College of the Cayman Islands has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas. In granting candidacy status, the Board of Commissioners has determined that the International College of the Cayman Islands has developed an appropriate quality management system; has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources, and operational processes; and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review.
The mission of the International College of the Cayman Islands is to prepare students for career placement and enhancement. The ICCI education instills attitudes, behaviors, sensitivities, skills and knowledge that are essential to life and learning.

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