21 Dominican students graduate from Monroe College

21 students from Dominica have graduated from Monroe College, in New York.

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, on Thursday issued a press release congratulating the students who participated in the Virtual Commencement which was held on June 17th to celebrate the academic achievements of its exceptional Class of 2020. 

More than 2,400 students representing 67 countries graduated from Monroe during the Virtual Commencement. The 21 Dominicans among the Class of 2020 are:  Anisha Whitney Celestine Anthony; Marcie Auguiste; Tricia Augustine; Melinda Austrie; Tallia Celestine; Jeannel David; Lyndelle Felix; Kersha Floissac; Nyron George; Petula Green; Tonie Grell; Dernissa James; Sharlyn John-Rose; Keisha Joseph; Vernent Joseph; Shanice Massicot; Erica McCoy; Jerlyn St. Hilaire; Eber Thomas; Marissa Thomas; and Marcia Xavier. 

Plans to hold the Monroe Commencement at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of New York City had to be changed to a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are so proud of our students from Dominica and wish them every success as they begin the next chapter in their journey, whether that means returning to Monroe for an advanced degree or starting their careers,” said Marc Jerome, President of Monroe College. 

Saturday Night Live comedian Kenan Thompson opened the Virtual Commencement and, with his relaxed style and witty banter, made it clear to graduates and their guests that this would be unlike any other college graduation. Other celebrities making an appearance during the event included renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, former professional baseball player Carlos Peña, as well as popular recording artists Sean Paul, Ne-Yo, and Christina Milian. 

President Jerome added:  “Our Virtual Commencement was an incredible event unlike any other in the College’s 87-year history.  It had all the great joy, pride, and tears we are used to seeing at Radio City, with a few surprise celebrity guests added to make it truly memorable for our graduates and their families.”

In addition to students from Dominica, the U.S. and its territories, sizable contingents from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, China, Dominican Republic, India, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia participating in the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremonies.  

The College’s three-semester academic calendar enables Monroe students to earn 45 or more college credits per year (compared to the 30 credits college students typically earn per year at other institutions). That means that many of this year’s graduates earned their Bachelor’s degree in three years or their Associate degree in less than two years.



Founded in 1933, Monroe College is a recognized leader in urban and international education. The College is proud of its innovative programs to increase college access, affordability, and completion outcomes, especially among first-generation students. 

Monroe educates close to 7,000 students each year, offering Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs from New York campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. Students may also pursue degree programs through Monroe Online. 

Programs are offered through Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business & Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, and Nursing, as well as through its King Graduate School. Liberal arts and continuing education programs are also available. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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  1. Lin clown
    July 3, 2020

    HECTOR JOHN of UWP graduated from Monroe College.I pray these students do not behave like JACKA like him.CONGRATULATIONS.

  2. zandoli
    July 2, 2020

    Where are our boys on that list?

    • de Observer
      July 3, 2020

      As you may know, the history of Caribbean politicians is rife with male politicians exploiting and being abusive. While this is not intended to suggest any nefarious interpretations, it is also reasonable to make a certain type of assumption based on the stories we have heard emanating from high class bourgeois, men in particular, in Dominica.

      Having said that, (paraphrasing) Malcolm X said we should gain our freedom by any means necessary.

      Please google: Why are boys falling being. You will see this it is an international phenomenon; there are a multiplicity of reasons for this very sad commentary.

      having said all that, it took work to accomplish this feat.

      Congratulations to each one of you.

  3. Nkrumah Kwame
    July 2, 2020

    Profound congratulations to all graduates!! You sure worked hard and should be proud.
    One observation, though: the preponderance of females which is the same as the few males in the group. Young men, please stand up and be counted!! Both are required to procreate and build the Kingdom 😉😉

  4. L C Matthew
    July 2, 2020

    Congrats to you all. Here we go again. I see women dominate. Dominica is facing a male crisis and something needs to be done. Every year DNO shows dominicans graduated it mostly women. Nothing wrong with our women being ambitious. I truly admire them for that but the lack of males indicate a terrible trend in our social structure.

    • zandoli
      July 2, 2020

      This is happening all over the world. The women are outshining men in many endeavours. Unfortunately, if they are career and goal oriented many of the sisters are destined to be single. I know of many such professional women who are in that situation. Many of the men who show interest in them just don’t measure up.

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