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Monroe College Hosts Annual Commencement for St. Lucia Campus Graduates

October 14, 2018

CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, October 14, 2018 Monroe College, the U.S.-based institution offering Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degree programs from its campus in Castries, today held its Annual Commencement exercise for local graduates. Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, the former Governor-General of St. Lucia, delivered the keynote address.

The ceremony was held at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort in Gros-Islet

to accommodate the sizable number of families and friends in attendance to celebrate the academic achievements of the students earning their degrees. 

Terry Deligny, a member of the College’s faculty, served as Grand Marshal for the opening processional. Pastor Daryl St. Clair of the Marantha District of Seventh-Day Adventists gave the invocation.  Monroe College President Marc Jerome offered welcoming remarks, as did Dr. Alex Ephrem, Senior Vice President overseeing the College’s graduate programs, and Augustus Small, Dean of Administration for the St. Lucia campus. Dame Pearlette Louisy, the first woman in St. Lucia to serve as the country’s Governor-General, gave a rousing keynote address to great applause.

“It is my great privilege to officially recognize this class as alumni of Monroe College,” said President Jerome as he instructed the students during the ceremony to move their tassels to the left, a Commencement tradition symbolizing the students’ new status as college graduates.  

The St. Lucia Class of 2018 represented a number of countries. In addition to local residents from the island, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, India, Nigeria, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines were also represented, among others.

On Friday, the College celebrated the launch of the new International Hospitality Training Institute, a partnership with the St. Lucian government to prepare residents for entry-level travel and tourism jobs. The Training Institute is located in the southern town of Vieux Fort.

Monroe College celebrated its tenth anniversary in St. Lucia last year. The St. Lucia campus, located on Vide Boutielle Highway in Castries, offers students from the Caribbean a broad array of educational opportunities through programs offered through Monroe’s Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business & Accounting, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York, and Information Technology. 

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