On the evening of October 11, 2013 Monroe College’s St. Lucia campus kicked off its sixth Commencement with a gala celebration. The evening saw over 150 attend the event, with academic awards presented by the College’s Senior Vice President, Dr. Alex Ephrem. Students went on to enjoy a mouth-watering meal before hitting the dance floor.
The celebrations culminated on Sunday October 13 with the graduation ceremony, which was attended by the islands Governor General, Prime Minister, and other members of the public and private sector. The Prime Minister in his address reminded the graduates that they were well equipped to face the worlds challenges “… you now compete with graduates from all across the globe. And so, you must clothe yourself with the inspiration and will to be first class, to be world class, to be the best wherever you go.” He went on to reaffirm the islands commitment to Monroe College; “Saint Lucia is pleased and committed in serving as the host country for Monroe College’s campus in the Caribbean. Over the past years, Monroe’s presence has opened access to higher education offerings for hundreds of persons from Saint Lucia and the sub-region.”
The guest speaker, Yasmin Solitahe Odlum, Specialist for the Caribbean Inter-American Commission of Women at the Organization of American States, in Washington DC told the group, “Even in an uncertain world, go forth boldly and proudly from Monroe College and dare, dare, dare … to dream beyond the box.”
The grand event came to a close with 105 students receiving their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.