Ten Dominican students graduate from Midwestern State University

Some of the students (from left to right): Kyle Gordon, Renatta Graham, Gael Gonzales-Peltier, Alix Matthew and Benni Joseph

Ten Dominican students were awarded degrees at Midwestern State University’s May 2017 Commencement exercises last month.

They were part of a group of 30 Caribbean students who also walked the stage.

Renatta Graham stood out among the graduates, earning summa cum laude honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy.

Benni Joseph graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry.

Alix Matthew, Gael Gonzalez-Peltier, Amy Eloi, Edna Constance, Sierra Richards and Rainah Winston all earned Bachelor of Science degrees specializing in biology with chemistry minors.

Kyle Gordon received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

Rochie Royer earned a bachelor of applied arts and sciences.

Kyle Gordon and Renatta Graham were honored for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Caribbean program.

However, the university’s program director, Dr. Randy Glean, said the Dominican students, in general, were outstanding ambassadors for the program.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Jenner Joseph, a Dominican who was the first student enrolled in the university’s Caribbean program in 1993, encouraged the students to bring positive changes to their world as they seek to enhance their credentials. He urged them to maintain the social conscience that formed the core value of the program.

Dr. Joseph, an SMA alumnus from Goodwill, graduated from MSU in 1997 before earning his doctorate at Washington University. He is now a medical systems engineer.

Over 200 Dominican students have earned degrees from Midwestern since 1995 and eighty-five students are currently enrolled, making it the largest contingent from any foreign country at the university.

Twenty new students from Dominica will arrive at the university to begin studies in August.

The Government of Dominica provides support to the largest contingent of students from the region in a working partnership with the university.

Mr. David Vital of Lead Institute, also an MSU alumnus, serves as the local facilitator.

Minister of Education, Hon. Petter Saint Jean visited MSU last April and pledged continuing support for the partnership with the government.

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18 Comments

  1. Bawi Young Adult Lady
    September 4, 2017

    Congrats Rochie Royer.

  2. NRt
    June 15, 2017

    Great job.
    I can’t help saying for what it’s worth: Someone, somebody, politician rep, needs to grow or nurture a contingent from GrandBay one of the most dynamic villages in Dominica. Enough is not being done in that regard especially after losing the bid for the medical school in the area by political bullying of our Pal Rep. Fwiw, nuff said!

    • Chester
      June 15, 2017

      Truth, Amen to that.

  3. Spycdom
    June 14, 2017

    Amazing how much we can achieve. I personally know Gordon, Graham, Joseph and they are all achievers. To them and the rest i wish a healthy CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Well done. You have made us, you family and friends so proud

  4. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    June 14, 2017

    Congratulations to each one of you. You have studied well to have earned your degrees. Good luck for the future.

  5. Breathe
    June 14, 2017

    Very proud of all of you. Keep up the great work!!
    Congratulations

  6. NUWP
    June 14, 2017

    Congratulations are in other for u all.

    Also congratulations and thanks to th le government of Dominica for placing serious emphasis on our children’s education.

    Your continued support to our young children definitely isn’t going unnoticed.

    Hon. Letter u are so dedicated and committed to the task ahead. Your leadership in the ministry of education is worth emulating. Keep it up bro.

    And PM boy hmmmmmm u set the fondation bro. And you are seriously determine to have a university graduate in every household in Dominica. GO PM GO. We following you.

    Once again congrats to all the students and praises to the Govt of Dominica for their unwavering support to our children education.

    May god bless you all.

  7. Vellie Nicholas
    June 14, 2017

    Well done, young people!! We are all proud of you!

  8. DA
    June 14, 2017

    Positive vibes. Always a joy to see our youth doing good things .
    Congratulations to all and I wish you guys all the best in future endeavors. Now it’s time to contribute to the development of our Nature Island ✌

  9. Illane
    June 14, 2017

    DNO learn to report right. Amy Eloi and Rainah Winston also graduated with honors.

    ADMIN: THis was a press release sent to us. It is clearly written at the top.

  10. Fran
    June 14, 2017

    Congratulations to all Dominica is very proud. Also impressive that 1/3 of the graduating class came from one of the smallest island population wise.

  11. Also
    June 14, 2017

    Rainah Winston and Amy Eloi -Cum laude . Congrats to all!!!

  12. love my country
    June 14, 2017

    Always like to see when young Dominican people excel especially from my area.
    So i hope we will see them back making their contribution to our society. well done.

    • Fun&Frolic
      June 14, 2017

      To get a good paying job here in Dominica means the graduates will have to kiss butt (a lot), be well-connected to the Cabal, and sing the Master’s tune. And even when they strive to be self-employed entrepreneurs, they will be frustrated by the Cabal if they try to walk an independent path. I advise those graduates to stay where they are and make their contributions in whichever way they can. I hope Dr. Joseph and Dr. Glean advised them of that since it worked out so well for them.

  13. June 14, 2017

    Very nice young ladies and gents! This is the first step to your greatest achievements! Go with God, and do your best!

  14. lasspalay
    June 14, 2017

    Congrats to all. Very proud.

  15. June 14, 2017

    Good vibes, the only way is up! Excellent work!

  16. June 14, 2017

    Congratulations to them for the receipt of their degrees. Makes my heart smile!

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