Dominican graduates with honor from CCNY; credits SMA roots

Francis Smith

On Friday, June 3, 2011 during the 2011 Commencement Ceremony at the City College of New York (CCNY), Francis Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Grove School of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics.

Completing his undergraduate career as a National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) scholar and a New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NYC-LSAMP) research scholar, Francis credits his well-rounded scholastic foundation to his roots at the St. Mary’s Academy, in Roseau, Dominica.

Graduating from SMA in June 2005, the Ministry of Education awarded Francis the top CXC student honors in November of that year.

Francis is currently engaged in a 10-week summer internship at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a federal facility in Long Island, New York.  There, he has assumed the role of Systems Engineer in the Collider Accelerator Department (C-A).

In the Fall 2011 semester, Francis will begin a five year PhD program at the University of Rochester in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under a Provost Fellowship along with the Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowship.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 8, 2011

    :-D :-D CONGRAtS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are really making a difference for young men your age. Keep up the good work. You have already accomplished so much and will do much more in the future…

  2. K Paris
    July 4, 2011

    Congratulations Francis,may God continue to help you to excel to the highest that you would like to reach .the sky is the limit my boy

  3. Anonymous
    July 2, 2011

    The Caesar/Morancie family give thanks and praise to God for this great blessing. Francis, remember always to put God first. We congratulate YOU.
    The family Matriarch

  4. Anonymous
    July 1, 2011

    I am proud of you Francis and expect more. congrtas too to your parents and sister who gave you lots of support through their prayers and personal attention.

  5. Donton
    July 1, 2011

    NOT SURPRISED lol….I remember when all man used to talk sh*t in class ….you alone that really paid attention to what them teachers were saying or ‘trying to say’ lol….congrats my partner

  6. SN
    July 1, 2011

    Congratulations son. Good Job. That’s what Matt need to discuss on the program not that kind of rubbish he have there. WE NEED MORE EDUCATIONAL DISCUSSIONS SO OUR YOUTH CAN LEARN.

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  8. bwadiab
    July 1, 2011

    SMA-smartest men alive. Always proud of my alma mater. Keep up the good work, Mr. Snmith.

  9. fatty batty
    July 1, 2011

    congrats mr smith all the best at the rest of your studies.

  10. Anonymous
    July 1, 2011

    Congratulations on a job well done. Keep up the good work.

  11. excellence
    July 1, 2011

    Every time I read about one of our own excelling in the international arena it just makes me swell with pride. i feel like it’s one of my own brother or sister who is doing so well….do your thing Mr. Smith! we all look forward to hear from DR Smith in five years :wink: . continue making us proud! :)

  12. US Born
    July 1, 2011

    Mister had to be born in the US. Students on F-1 Visa aka International students DO NOT qualify for these types of scholarships!!!

    • monti
      July 1, 2011

      Does it matter where he was born… he is giving credit to a Dominican institution; this institution laid the foundation for his future advancement. Kudos to Smith and to SMA – we indeed get a solid primary/secondary education in the Caribbean!

    • Jude Smith
      July 1, 2011

      He was born and raised in Dominica, attended the Social Centre Pre-School, St. Mary’s Primary and the St. Mary’s Academy.

  13. 2011 Budget
    July 1, 2011

    Congrats Francis and kudos to his mom and dad Jude and Avis Smith of St. Alphonsus parish for raising up such a fine and upstanding gentleman; a close-knit, catholic family. When some of our young people choose to “make toobak” and not attend school, others like Francis take the lead and show what should be done. Again congratulations to you and family

  14. Anonymous
    July 1, 2011

    wowwwwww… im impressed. Dont forget to give thanks first and foremost to God. Congratulations… woowww again.

  15. CCNY Grad
    July 1, 2011

    Well done Boss! Great education at an affordable tuition.

  16. namich2008
    July 1, 2011

    Is this the Son of Jude Smith residing on Steber Street, Roseau.

    This image has a resemblance of the late Malcom X.

  17. KAYA
    July 1, 2011


  18. KAYA
    July 1, 2011

    WOW a handsome and educted man :lol: Congratulations.

  19. Dominican woman
    July 1, 2011

    Congratulations, Mr Francis Smith. I wish you the very best in your already promising future.

  20. SMA GRad 2k5
    July 1, 2011

    Thats it Smithy

  21. rapsini
    July 1, 2011


    representing da and our legendary ALMA MATER

    congratulations and very best wishes to you and your family well done brother.

  22. Just Saying
    July 1, 2011

    This is absolutely fantastic. I have been prasing our school system for years, but there is the mentality that the grass is always greener on the other side. I went to High school in the states after two years at CHS and I knew then that our education system was way superior. Congratulations Mr. Smith and much success.We are proud of you.

  23. On the side
    July 1, 2011

    Congrats to my fellow CUNY alumni. God bless

  24. Optimist
    July 1, 2011

    COngrats my bro. HOpe you return to serve your country in honor.Praise GOD for this blessing

  25. Felicitaciones
    July 1, 2011

    Congrats! That’s what I like to hear Dominicans out there doing positive things and surviving gives us here hope that we also can do the same.

  26. natural dominican
    July 1, 2011

    congrats…as an elect engr student at city myself u have set a mark for all dominicans at the college…sky is the limit

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