Thirty-eight students representing ten countries graduated from Albert College in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, including three of Bermuda’s own - Sasha Griffin, Sergio Griffin Jr. and Tauriko Gibson. All three are from Pembroke. The boarding school also welcomed families of graduates from Barbados and the Cayman Islands, as well as Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, China and Canada.
Another Bermudian representative at Albert College was John Barritt who graduated from the College in 1968. Mr. Barritt is a well-known Bermudian and a former journalist. He has been a practising attorney in Bermuda since 1986 and is a former member of the Bermuda Legislature, having served for 18 years as an elected Member of Parliament (1993-2011). Despite Mr. Barritt’s very busy schedule, he has volunteered a great deal of his time to Albert College over the years.
Mr. Barritt received the Alumni Volunteer Award at the Convocation ceremony for his time and dedication to Albert College. Since 2009, Mr. Barritt has served as a committed member on the Board of Governors providing great insight. Mr. Barritt is taking on the role of Chair of the Board of Governors at Albert College beginning in September 2017. He is also a long-standing member of the Frederick Sydney Smith ’31 Scholarship Committee in Bermuda and was one of its first committee members. This scholarship has supported a number of Bermudian students at Albert College over the years.
Mr. Barritt spoke at the ceremony saying, “I am very pleased to be here today, not to make a fashion statement in my pink Bermuda shorts, but to represent with the three Bermudian graduates. We agreed back in February that I would wear my shorts if they wore theirs today – and they have! Like them, I too am a very proud graduate of Albert College, which has a rich history with Bermuda and Bermudian students doing what it does best – and that is bringing out the best in us.”
Sergio Griffin Jr. was the recipient of the Howard Purchase Memorial Award for positive contribution to residence life as well as a subject award in Data Management. Sergio graduated with distinction and as an Ontario Scholar, having achieved an average of 80 per cent or higher and excelling in Albert College’s 5 ‘A’s (Academics, Athletics, Arts, Active Citizenship and Adventure). Next year, Sergio will be attending Hult International Business University in San Francisco, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Sergio and his twin sister, Sasha, have attended Albert College for three years. Next year, Sasha will be attending Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, pursuing a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree. Tauriko Gibson attended Albert College for two years. He will attend Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario next year, pursuing a Bachelor of Communication and Media studies degree.
One hundred per cent of the graduating class at Albert College will be pursuing post-secondary education next year. Ninety-two percent of the graduating class received Ontario Scholar status, having achieved an average of 80 per cent or higher in six Grade 12 subjects. Seventeen graduates were also Albert College Scholars, having achieved an average of 90 per cent or higher in six Grade 12 subjects. In addition, 18 students graduated with distinction, having achieved an average of 85 per cent or more and excelling in Albert College’s 5 ‘A’s (Academics, Athletics, Arts, Active Citizenship and Adventure). The most popular Canadian university destinations among Albert graduates this year include Ryerson University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, Western University and Dalhousie University. In addition, international post-secondary locations include schools in the United States and the Netherlands.