November 16, 2007
Vincy students get first class honours at Mona

Six Vincentian students received first class honours in their various disciplines at the Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, last weekend.{{more}}

For the graduating Vincentian students and those who came out to support their countrymen, Graduation 2007 was significant, as it was the first occasion that so many Vincentians received the highest honours.

The first class honourees were Yasa Belmar, Maxine Browne, Marion Isaacs, Pearl McMaster, Arifa Ryan-Charles, and Rhonda Thompson.

This year, radio broadcaster Dionne John of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was the only student to graduate with Distinction in the Media and Communications Diploma Programme, becoming the first Vincentian to accomplish the feat. The last time a student received the distinction in the media and communications diploma was 2005 when Jamaican Yvette Dawkins claimed the top spot.

A record 3,001 students graduated over the two-day period, Friday, November 9, 2007 and Saturday, November 10, 2007. Eight hundred and eighty three (883) students were from the Faculty of Humanities with 93 per cent receiving distinctions, first class and upper second-class honours. The Pure and Applied Sciences were also outstanding this year with 72 per cent of the students receiving degrees with honours.

Next year the university will commemorate its 60th anniversary. (HN)