The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) hosted their Joint Graduation Ceremony for the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) and Professional Accountants joint scheme programmes at the Knutsford Court Hotel on October 29, 2016.
A total of eighty (80) graduates from across the island were recognised for their successful completion of the programme between December 2015 and June 2016.
Mrs Alexandra Stennett received the ICAJ Overall Examination Award for attaining the highest average mark in the ACCA Professional Examinations. She met the award criteria having completed the entire programme, comprising 14 subjects, passing each at the first attempt over a period of three years.
Miss Anecia Walters was presented with the Professional Level Award for passing all five subjects at the first attempt over a period of 12 months. She was also the recipient of the Sushil Jain Award which is presented to the youngest graduate completing the ACCA examinations for the period.
Mr Chesney Fairclough received the Knowledge Level Award for passing all three subjects at the first attempt in one sitting in the ACCA examinations.
Under the CAT programme, Miss Tameika Harris received the Sushil Jain Award for being the youngest graduate. President of ICAJ, Mr Bruce Scott, in his welcome remarks, praised the graduates for their achievement and encouraged them to continue pursuing their dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant, noting that they were now one step closer to that objective.
“You have never truly completed the professional cycle until you become a member of your professional association,” he urged. He also encouraged them to maintain standards of excellence and to operate within the society with the highest level of integrity.
The Keynote Speaker, Mr Fred Robertson, who is a Motivational Speaker and Toastmaster praised the graduates for their achievement and encouraged them to “make their value loud.”
In attendance were Miss Vintoria Bernard, ICAJ Past President, Chairman, Student Affairs Committee and Jamaica’s Representative to the ACCA International Assembly;
Past Presidents, Miss Prunella Vassell and Mrs. C Patricia Hayle; and Council members. From ACCA Caribbean were Mrs. Paula Marcelle-Irish, Head, Business Development, who delivered Greetings; Mrs. Maria Sookdeo, Business Development Manager; and Miss Anouska Sammy, Member Manager.
Entertainment was provided by Fred Robertson on saxophone and the Graduates performed the song “Strive”. The Masters of Ceremonies were Toastmasters, Ms.Kerron Young and Mr. Kevin Clarke.
Those who provided invaluable support to the Graduation exercise included Acorn Bookstore, Global Accountancy Institute, LASCO Distributors Limited, Massy Distribution, Pioneer Manufacturing Distribution Company, Seprod Limited and The Knutsford Court Hotel.
Contact: Angela Reid-Gordon
Tel.: 929-5869, ext 224
November 7, 2016