New Providence Commencement Speaker - Fred Perpall, AA'93
As CEO of The Beck Group, Fred Perpall leads the firm’s domestic and international design, planning, real estate consultancy, and construction businesses.
Fred is actively involved in his community. He is Chairman-Elect of the Dallas Citizens Council, on the board of directors of Dallas Medical Resource and a Director for Triumph Bancorp (TBK).
Fred is on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and is part of the Atlanta Tipoff Club – the group responsible for awarding the Naismith Player of the Year trophy.
In 1996, Fred began his career in design and construction, has been a registered architect since 2003, and was elected to the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows in 2016. He is a part of the AIA Large-Firm Roundtable, and previously served as ex-Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Plan. He is also a former Director at the Georgia AIA.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an alumnus of the 183rd class of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and is a former Americas Fellow at The Baker Institute at Rice University.
A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Fred played on the 1994 Bahamian National Basketball Team. Fred and his wife, Abi, live in Dallas with their daughters, Ava and Ali.
Grand Bahama Commencement Speaker - Dr. Laura Rosanne Adderley
Laura Rosanne Adderley is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana where she has worked almost continuously since 1996. She works primarily as a comparative slavery historian focusing particularly on the 19th century and the era of slave trade abolition and emancipation. Although the bulk of her research has concerned British slave trade suppression and the Africans affected by it, her research has always had significant transnational components across multiple colonial and geographic boundaries, including interaction between the British and Spanish colonized Caribbean and North America.
Dr. Adderley received her primary and secondary education and Queen’s College in Nassau and completed two additional years of high school at Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Adderley is author of the book, “New Negroes from Africa”: Slave Trade Abolition and Free African Settlement in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean, published in 1996 for which she was a co-winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize for African Diaspora History, jointly awarded by the American Historical Association and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Dr. Adderley is currently working on several new book projects including a study of the earliest “liberated Africans” settled in Antigua, The Bahamas and Tortola during the 1820s.
Since 2013, Dr. Adderley has served as the administrative director for the Africana Studies Program at Tulane. She also serves as one of two Tulane representatives on the Board of the Amistad Research Center, and is a board member and secretary for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora. Additionally, she has had a range of community interests including work with an anti-racism organizing collective in New Orleans, human rights education with Amnesty International, and work for the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Louisiana on the legacy of African-American Episcopal saint, Frances Gaudet. Her work on mother Frances Gaudet was recently supported by a faculty fellowship at Tulane’s Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Dr. Adderley is especially interested in how high quality public history projects can influence visionary public policies and strong community culture in the present.
Teacher's Commissioning Speaker - Ms. Shaquille Sands
Educator, Shaquille Sands, is a firm believer in the possibility model which considers faith in one’s own potential, the abandonment of defeatism, and the willingness to be of service to others as a gateway to achieving and growing beyond expectation.
In her formative years, she was often seen as inquisitive, fearless, and mischievous. This was an early manifestation of her desire to engage with the world, test her creativity and carve out her mark. A storyteller from an early age, Ms. Sands excelled at track and field and dance. Because they were important to her personal development, she became committed to extracurricular activities and community engagement. In 2010, she graduated fromCharles W. Saunders High School (with Honours) as Deputy Head Girl.
In 2015, Ms. Sands became a proud graduate of The College of The Bahamas where she obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree in English Language and Literature. At COB, she served as a part-time beat reporter for the student newspaper, The Spectrum, and taught for several years in the FOCUS programme, a non-profit organization committed to preparing underprivileged public school students for college.
Currently, Ms. Sands is a member of the teaching staff at C. V. Bethel High School where she played a pivotal role in coaching her school’s debate team to the semi-finals of The Bahamas National Debate Series, a first-time feat in the school’s history. Although relatively new to the teaching profession, Ms. Sands does not regard youthfulness as an excuse to shy away from the demanding and ever changing challenges of teaching and learning. Her classroom walls have become history murals thus serving to motivate her students. To ensure a more inclusive and organic environment, she is committed to defying the method of traditional teaching that dictates a fixed curriculum. As a result, she tailors her teaching to connect to the democratic life where the classroom is viewed as a micro-community that mirrors the wider society.
In addition to being a certified teacher, Ms. Sands is a speech coach, liturgical dance instructor, motivational speaker and mentor.
Nurses Pinning Ceremony Speaker - Mrs. Jennifer Camille King
Jennifer Camille King is a committed, compassionate, caring nurse practitioner who is passionate about the pursuit of excellence and who has always given distinguished service. She believes in the provision of quality care and competent and safe practice at the highest possible standard. Her basic training began in 1981 at the Department of Nursing Education, Nassau, from which she received the Registered Nurse (RN) Diploma. She was a member of the first class to be awarded a Diploma in Midwifery from the College of The Bahamas in 1995 where she went on to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with Distinction in 2005 and receive the BSN Award and Award for Academic Excellence in Nursing as well as the President’s Award. She currently holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration with First Class Honours (2008) and continues to pursue short courses and attend sessions, seminars and conferences.
Nurse King is a member of the National Association of School Nurses, the Midwives’ Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and has served as Secretary, then Chairperson, of the National Nurses’ Recognition Committee (2003-2007). She has been actively involved in the Nurses’ Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB) since 1983 as a nursing student. She later served as Secretary (2006-2010) and has represented the NACB at regional and international conferences. Among other awards, in 2017 she received a Zenith Award for her contribution to the Advancement of the Nursing Profession.
Nurse King has worked at the Princess Margaret Hospital; the Department of Public Health (Abaco) and as Nursing Student Liaison Officer in the Office of the Director of Nursing. She retired from the Public Service in 2011, after thirty years of dedicated and distinguished service. She now serves as the School Nurse at her alma mater, St. John’s College, where she cares for and counsels students. Additionally, she is the facilitator of the St. John’s Nursing Cadet Programme where she mentors participants in the importance of maintaining high standards and pursuing excellence. She volunteers her Nursing expertise and time in the community at various events as well as at her church.
Nurse King has been married to Clement D. King for the past thirty-one years and together the couple has four children: Yasmin, Simone, Sinclair and Jeremy and two sons-in-law, Ethan and Donteil.
Awards Ceremony Speaker - Robbyn Thompson
At the age of 23, Robbyn Thompson is an experienced businesswoman. In 2012, she launched a hair and beauty retail business, ‘Good Hair by Robbyn’, in order to support her college education. Today, she is the sole proprietor of three stores on the islands of New Providence, Abaco and Exuma, with imminent plans for international expansion.
In 2015, Ms. Thompson obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics, with distinction, from the College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas). She graduated with the Dienkabe Kureyang Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Economics and was nominated for the 2015 Bahamas Financial Services Board Student of the Year Award.
Two years later, Ms. Thompson obtained her Master of Science in International Trade, Strategy and Operations, with distinction, at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom where she ultimately learned the strategies and processes of operating a global business. As a result of her passion for small businesses and her desire to promote the economic development of The Bahamas, she earned a first-class mark on her dissertation entitled, ‘How could SMEs in The Bahamas Internationalize their Trade? An Examination of the Tourism Industry and Water-Based Tour Operator Sector of The Bahamas’.
Ms. Thompson has served in numerous leadership and professional capacities on national and international platforms. At COB, she served as Senator of the School of Business and Vice President of the Economic Society, earning her the 2015 Nassau Institute’s Lecture Series Award. In the same year, she was selected as a research contributor to the National Development Plan of The Bahamas. While studying in England, she was selected as the Master of Ceremony for the 2017 Commonwealth Africa Summit attended by royalties, diplomats, senior government officials and business professionals from Africa and the UK to discuss economic prosperity and sustainable livelihood, women empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Just recently, Ms. Thompson received the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Minister’s Cup Award and the National Youth Award in Education in recognition of her outstanding achievements. In light of her work as a young entrepreneur and ambassador, she was recently invited to attend the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting where she, along with other youth ambassadors from across the Commonwealth, will have the opportunity to meet with Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers to communicate youth priorities and issues affecting The Bahamas and other Commonwealth Nations.
Today, Ms. Thompson is an adjunct professor in Economics and Finance at University of The Bahamas where she continues to be a staunch advocate for education and entrepreneurship as well as youth and women empowerment.