Atlantic Caribbean Union

ACUM Participates in NCU’s Graduation

Heading the list of participants was Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ACUM and vice chairman of the University Board of Governors.

Pastor Johnson, at both graduation commencement exercises on Sunday, August 11, 2012, greeted graduands on behalf of the union. Employing the theme “Leaders of the Future: Emancipated to Serve,” Pastor Johnson told them that “God has set you free. Unfortunately not everyone realizes that freedom.” He challenged the graduands not to doubt their ability and to remember what took place at the recent Olympic Games which showcased the successful accomplishments of the English-speaking Caribbean comprising of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and his home country – The Bahamas with less than 400,000 citizens but which medaled gold. “This accomplishment and recognition of these island nations ought to signal that while we are not big like the United States and China we are not inferior,” Johnson said. “The liberation of God ought to make you achieve your best.”

Also participating in the weekend was Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference, the second largest field within the Union. He served as the Baccalaureate speaker. Pastor O’Connor, employing the biblical story of Daniel, encouraged the graduands to be selective with whom they associate themselves. He further challenged them to visualize themselves “as valued and as an integral part of upholding Christ-centered principles by finding God-fearing friends like that of Daniel with the three Hebrew boys.”

Among the graduates from the ACUM territory were Awana Harry, Alison Foster, Judy Ann Palmer, Terry Ann Beckford, Lee Burrows, Michael Toote, and Angello Sturrup. Congratulations to these graduates!

Delivering the addresses at both commencements were The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica and Her Excellency Audrey Marks, former ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America. Dr. Trevor Gardner, recently installed, serves as president of Northern Caribbean University.

NCU is a private, liberal-arts institution owned and operated by the Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) and the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) of Seventh-day Adventists. It sits on a 200-acre property located 2 miles south of Mandeville town in Manchester, Jamaica. The university offers a number of professional, pre-professional, and vocational programmes in a spiritually wholesome and physically aesthetic atmosphere. NCU currently enjoys an average yearly enrollment of over five thousand students from approximately 24 countries and is one of the largest Seventh-day Adventist tertiary institutions in the world.

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