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Lights, Camera, Action!

A picture is worth a thousand words…but a thousand pictures create a story of their own.

Our two years at CHTM are coming to an end, so to preserve our memories, celebrate our friendships and commemorate the family we’ve created, the graduating class of 2017 all (well most) came together last Sunday. We were dressed elegantly in white and black, for the annual graduating class photoshoot, taking a thousand pictures to help us create our story, our yearbook. The location, to fit the royals we believe we are, the historic Queen’s Staircase in New Providence.

Queens Staircase

Preparations started a week in advance, gathering shoes, dresses, shirts, accessories and more. Early on Sunday, the girls were hustling to get their hair completed and the boys getting their fresh cut. Some girls made appointments with our local make-up artist, Christal-Ann Downes, to get their makeup done, starting as early as 10:30a.m so that everyone could be ready for pick up at 3:00p.m.

The morning of the shoot, we learned that the student executive had a surprise for us; they arranged for us to release floating lanterns into the sea at nightfall.

CHTM filled The Queen’s Staircase that evening. After overcoming a small hiccup at the start of the evening, the pictures began! It’s safe to say that snapchat saw a whole lot of CHTM that day. As the photographer took the individual photos, the rest of the students became photographers of their own. Neil even filled in for the photographer as he took a little break, of course we had to act naturally when he returned.

The evening was passing and the students were beginning to get fatigued. Much thanks to Denroy, who managed to speed up the process so we could move to the group shots. The group shots proceeded; Class of 2017 photo, Hotel students, Tourism students (with the best group shot) and the house photos, respectively. By this time, we were exhausted! Thankfully it was time to leave this venue and head to the next, the much-needed food stop, which went longer than planned as we had to wait for the sun to set.

Food stop

We then headed over to Cable beach where the lanterns were lit and released. Some of us battled with the wind to keep our lanterns lit while others tried not to get their clothes wet. Nonetheless, it was a peaceful and poetic ending to the day, as the lanterns floated away and our lights shined brightly from the west, despite the fact that most drowned within seconds and a few caught on fire.

But we couldn’t leave just yet… CHTM never leaves without an exit! The men of CHTM tested their strength on this day as they had to push-start one of the buses so we could get home. Luckily, we have some ‘strong’ men with us and got home safely.

‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.’  -Dr. Seuss

By Charlotte Rajkumar, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos courtesy of Neil McIntyre, Sherika Dalaney, Shanice Jordon, Kerron Best, Tichina Smith, Melissa Leslie, Donella Blackman, Auri-Mae Thomas, Jasonta Bowen, Ayisha Elliot and Charlotte Rajkumar.

Videos courtesy of Anika Chambers & Jalisa Cumberbatch

Farewell CHTM Class of 2016

Until We Meet Again…

Remember your friendships – they will support you through the inevitable challenges of life.

Remember your struggles – they have strengthened you in preparation for success.

Remember your achievements – they are a reminder that hard work and determination pay off.

Remember your regrets – they teach you who you are and what you want for yourself and your life.

As you leave CHTM and take the next steps on your path, we wish each of you the very best that life has to offer. From our position of experience we know that life will bring challenges your way. Those challenges test you and mold you into stronger more focused individuals.

It is our hope that you rise above each challenge, embrace every opportunity, fortify fulfilling friendships, enjoy rewarding careers, live balanced lives, contribute meaningfully to your families and communities, and, in your own special way, make the world a better place.


From Ms. Kristen Glinton:

Always remember that your mindset will determine your success. So,
Embrace challenges instead of avoiding them.
Keep going when things get difficult; don’t give up easily.
See effort as the path to mastery instead of a waste of time.
Learn from criticism instead of ignoring it.
Find inspiration from the success of others.
Never feel threatened by someone else’s success, make your own!!
From Ms. Elizabeth Mackay:
It has been a pleasure teaching you over the past two years. It is my deepest wish that your education will serve you well and that you will each live happy and successful lives. Keep well!

From Mrs. Christine Rollins, Accounts Department:

Wishing the graduating class of 2016 all the best as you embark on your future endeavors.

“Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”
~ Arie Pencovici


With  best wishes to you all,

The Faculty and Staff of CHTM

Photography by Elizabeth Mackay ©2016

Graduating Class of 2016

Send-Off Ceremony, Saturday, May 7, 2016

Theme: Through Difficulties to Excellence

Congratulations – Graduating Class of 2015

On Friday, October 30, 2015 the CHTM Class of 2015 attended the Ceremony for the Presentation of Graduates hosted at the Mona Campus. After three long years of lectures, studying, exams, and internships the graduates finally had the satisfaction of completion.


For some, our part-time students, it has been much longer and arguably more difficult, juggling work, family and school responsibilities over an extended period of time and without the  benefit of the supportive dorm environment so instrumental in building strong bonds between students.


The hardships, in whatever forms they manifested, have only served to make the experience more meaningful. Elnora Burrows, a part-time Tourism Management student said, “Attending the graduation ceremony was an epic and very touching event. I was overwhelmed with emotion and tears flowed down my face as I was about to walk to receive my award.” No doubt many graduates shared a similar experience.

Elnora Burrows, BSc. Tourism Management
Elnora Burrows, BSc. Tourism Management

The Faculty and Staff of CHTM extend our congratulations and warmest wishes to the graduates. We have watched you learn and grow, we’ve held your hands at times and nudged you forward at others – all in all, it’s a happy day when we see our students so joyful and triumphant.

This feels sooooo good!
Graduation selfie – this feels sooooo good!

“We wish you all the very best, we thank you for choosing CHTM. You are and will always be a part of the history of CHTM.”  Dr. Andrew Spencer, HOD.

Dr. Andrew Spencer, HOD and Mrs. Valderine Major, Lecturer and Student Services Manager
Dr. Andrew Spencer, HOD and Mrs. Valderine Major, Lecturer and Student Services Manager

Bon voyage Class of 2015!

Photo credits: Dr. Andrew Spencer and Elnora Burrows

Farewell Friends

Graduation is fast approaching for 3rd year students at the University of the West Indies, Centre for Hotel and Tourism Nassau, Bahamas. Send Off ceremony will be held on May 9th in the UWI House Restaurant Dining Room and will commence at 6:30pm.

I would like to take this time to say all the best my fellow graduating seniors.  I wish all of you the best,  no matter where you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  Continue to excel in all your future endeavors and remain confident.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.  “When you focus on cultivating confidence, you step into your fearless power. You will live a life that is a little less ordinary, holding the capacity to manage yourself effectively, in a changing world.  You will be able to manage your thoughts, actions and behavior”. ~Henry David Thoreau.

Confidence takes your living to a new level.  For this reason, I suggest you decide what you really want for your life and then figure out what will help you most in achieving your desire because “Graduation is only a concept.  In real life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference”. ~ Arie Pencovici

Here are some words of wisdom from graduates and students, that will serve as words of advice, reminders and loving encouragement as you leave school and embark on a new phase of life.

As you start your journey, I would say you should have big dreams, full dreams, not half dreams.  You have a choice, nothing is impossible for you. Investment in your knowledge, that always pays the best interest. ~ Elnora Burrows (3rd year student)

This graduating class has truly been an inspiration. From successful events to excellent dorm life, to excellent grades. It is with much pleasure and sadness that I succeed this year group. They have crafted an environment and an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. ~Jourdain Lowe (2nd year student and my little brother)

Jourdain Lowe
Jourdain Lowe

“Life is not easy for many of us.  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ~Marie Curie  For many of us this was definitely an eye opening experience. But nevertheless we preserved and believed in ourselves; especially since we left our main support systems (family and friends) back home in our respective countries. It just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to and if one person can do it we can all do it. Never give up and always aim for your goals. ~Shanique Hylton (3rd year student and my little sister)

Shanique Hylton
Shanique Hylton

Wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Remember to take risks, and change is good. Stay positive and always be a leader. Do good and always put God first. ~Roberta Rolle (student)

During my journey at CHTM some of my most memorable experiences were a beach party with the 2nd year students and Carnival. ~Erica Mellows (3rd year student)

Erica Mellows
Erica Mellows

As we approach the end of our journey here at CHTM, we will reminisce on the times spent together. Each of us has developed our own sense of person, as uniquely crafted as we are. We ought to cherish and grow from each and every experience encountered, as life is not an easy road. We have cried together and laughed together at some point; but at this bittersweet moment we do not bid farewell but rather see you later. Thus, as we embark on our future’s journey individually, we take with us a piece of memory that will brighten our most dreary days apart. Use those hurts and pains that you may have undergone to strengthen you and those happy times as proof of victories that you have won. So my colleagues, I wish for each of you prosperity and abundance in life. Take each day a step at a time, see your destination and aim for it. Keep the faith and your heads held high, we have so much to offer the world. Look out world here we come!!! CHTM Graduates of 2015 ~Reneé Chambers (3rd year student)

Reneé Chambers
Reneé Chambers

Here are highlights of favorite and most memorable experiences.

by Elnora Burrows (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)