Monroe College-St. Lucia Campus will present its fifth Commencement exercises and graduation ceremony on Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2.30 p.m. at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet.
Senior Vice President, Saint Lucia Campus, Dr. Alex Ephrem, announced earlier this week that 116 students will be awarded bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Information Technology (IT), Public Health and Health Services Administration. Ten of these students will be awarded the master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). These students would have completed their studies over the past year.
“I am immensely proud of the accomplishments of our students. I know they are all well prepared for the next step in their various journey’s and I am confident that a degree from Monroe College will help boost their careers or to continue towards expanded educational horizons,” said Dr. Ephrem. “The knowledge they have gained, the skills they have mastered and personal confidence which our graduates have developed during their time at Monroe College will only sustain them in their future endeavours.”
Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of Saint Lucia, members of parliament, government officials, representatives from private and public sector organizations, from NGOs, educators and families of students will attend the ceremony. Executive Vice President, Mr. Marc Jerome, from Monroe’s New York campus will confer degrees.
Former Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of Saint Lucia, Mrs. Lorraine B. Williams, is the Commencement speaker. Mrs. Williams is currently Assistant Director-General for External Relations with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations based in Italy.
Monroe College is an American education institution is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is authorized to grant degrees by the New York State Board of Regents. Its programmes of study are registered by the New York State Education Department. Monroe College was founded in 1933 (celebration 80 years of students’ success in 2013). The Saint Lucia campus was opened in 2007.
Activities for graduation start on Friday, October 12, 2012, with an Awards Night and Gala at Sandals Halcyon, starting at 7.00 p.m. Students who achieved outstanding academic performances will receive medals of honour.
Two students Ms. Dilia Davis (Accounting) from Dominica and Saint Lucian Mr. Lance St. Ange (Hospitality Management) will be recognized for having a perfect Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0/4.0 (receiving As in all courses).
They will join several others student for Summa Cum Laude (With the highest Honours – those with GPA of 3.8 – 4.0). Students who have a 3.6 to 3.79 GPA will be recognised as Magna Cum Laude (With high honours) and those with a GPA from 3.40 to 3.59 with be receive commendations of Cum Laude (with Honours).
“We always work to make graduation a joyous and heart-felt celebration for all. Students have worked hard on their accomplishments and achievements and their family members and other well wishes and supporters would have helped in some way to make graduation a reality for them. This is an extremely proud moment for all and so we have to make this not only special but memorable,” explained Dr. Ephrem.