The festivities marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of another for the more than 200 students in attendance at St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences(SAS), and Graduate Studies Program(GSP), Commencement Ceremony on May 17 at Patrick F. Adams Hall. For the first time in over 30 years, the Doctor of Medicine degree was bestowed to regional graduates at Grenada’s commencement, allowing friends and family to be a part of the celebration. The soon-to-be physicians will also partake in the official School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony at Lincoln Center, New York, in June.
The ceremony’s keynote speaker, the Right Honorable Baroness Howells of St. David’s, Rosalind Patricia-Anne Howells, delivered a humble yet inspiring address to the graduates. She stated, “It is not just the collection of educational merits that prepares you for the journey ahead, but it is the application of knowledge and information in different scenarios and environments that brings education alive, and unlocks your potential.”
Baroness Howells challenged the graduates to be adventurous, fearless, and inquiring. “It is said that the reasonable man accommodates himself to suit the system, but the unreasonable man seeks to accommodate the system to suit him,” she said. “Therefore it is only the unreasonable man that can be the catalyst of change through education, and St. George’s University has equipped you with the tools to think globally and embrace diversity.”
University Chancellor Dr. Charles Modica reaffirmed his commitment to educational advancement, stating, “because of the Government of Grenada and people like Baroness Howells, this University has been encouraged to ensure that people who seek tertiary education are given the opportunities to achieve it.” With heartfelt congratulation to the graduating class he said, “It is a great honor to be a part of this experience, and celebrate with you the rewards of hard work, perseverance, and dedication in making your dreams a reality.”
Undergraduate degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medical Science, and Bachelor in Nursing were conferred; followed by Master Degrees in Business Management, Public Health and Medical Science within the Graduate Studies Program, and the Doctor of Medicine degree in the School of Medicine.