UWI Open Campus Dominica to recognize Class of 2010

Professor Vivienne Roberts (left) and Dr. Francis O. Severin at a previous Recognition of Graduates Ceremony

The University of the West Indies Open Campus Dominica is pleased to announce the staging of its Recognition of Graduates Ceremony for some 54 graduates of the Class of 2010 of the UWI Open Campus who studied via online, mixed-modes, blended learning and face-to-face methods, as well as graduates who read programmes from the Mona Campus and the Cave Hill School of Business via the UWI Open Campus Dominica Site.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011 commencing at 10:00 a.m. at the Ball Room, Fort Young Hotel.

Deputy Principal of the University of the West Indies Open Campus, Professor Vivienne Roberts will preside at the ceremony while Head of the UWI Open Campus Dominica, Dr. Francis O. Severin will chair the formal procedure. A unique highlight at this year’s ceremony is that the feature address will be delivered by the Open Campus’s Class of 2010 Valedictorian, Mr. Daren Pinard. Mr. Pinard, a Dominican and employee of the National Bank of Dominica Limited, emerged as the 2010 Class valedictorian of the entire Open Campus, an extraordinary achievement and proud one for Dominica.

At the ceremony, 54 graduates (13 males, 41 females) will be presented as follows: the Master of Education; the Bachelor of Science (Social Sciences); the Bachelor in Education; the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Post RN); Executive Diploma in Management; and the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECCE) for Administrators.

Of special note is the fact that the first cohort of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECCE) for Administrators (launched in the Academic Year 2009/2010) will graduate, a deep source of pride for the Head, staff and tutors as it is a local programme approved by the UWI Board for Undergraduate Studies (BUS).

The decision by the UWI Open Campus Dominica in 2007 to hold an annual local Recognition of Graduates Ceremony has provided graduates who were unable to travel to the four major graduation ceremonies at Cave Hill, Mona, St. Augustine, or Grenada in October 2010 (the location of the formal Graduation Ceremony of the Open Campus), the opportunity and satisfaction of taking part in a recognition ceremony in full view of family and friends, and thanks to the media, the wider Dominican public.

The first of the annual local events was held in 2007 when the Class of 2006 was presented. The graduates in the forthcoming event – the fifth successive ceremony of its kind – are from the Class of 2010.

Among the highlights of the ceremony will be two musical interludes which will feature a former Calypso Monarch of Dominica, King Karessah (Mr. Gregory Riviere), and Ms. Tarina Simon, one of Dominica’s recognized talented musical artists.

Mr. Daryl Bobb, Public Relations Officer of the UWI Alumni Association, will lead the National Anthem. Ms Macina Bethel and Ms. Denise Riley, both first class honours’ graduates, will deliver the address on behalf of graduates and vote of thanks respectively. Vice President of the UWI Alumni Association, Mr. Nelson Pierre, will formally welcome the new alumni to the Alumni Association and the Dominica Chapter.

His Excellency the President Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool and Mrs. Liverpool will be in attendance.

Invited guests should be seated by 9:30 a.m.

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  1. Anonymous
    April 27, 2011

    That’s right PC Ducreay K. Congratulations!!!!!!!! from the whole: course 29

  2. Piper
    April 26, 2011

    The government and the university should enourage more people to enroll in this open campus. They would still get a great education at a fraction of the cost of attending a foreign university.
    Great job guys.

  3. blameless
    April 26, 2011

    i am soooo proud of my peeps..macina bethel, tricia riley, minevre lewis, david andrew, and blanch athanaze…. u all hve done extremely well…lots of nights at uwi studyin n lots of sacrifices didi pay off…CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sunday's Child
    April 26, 2011

    Congratulations to all the graduates. Hats off to Valedictorian Daren Pinard and to Ms Macina Bethel and Ms. Denise Riley and all other’s who excelled in the class of 2010. I know how hard distance learning is. Obtaining excellent results in a feat in itself. Well done everyone.

  5. The one
    April 26, 2011

    Congrats to Marcina, Minevre, Riley Shirlyn, David, Blachie and Kenrick your guys deserve it.

  6. honesty
    April 26, 2011


  7. The One
    April 26, 2011

    Wooosshhh! Congrat’s to Marcina, Riley. The others Minevre, Shirlyn, Blanchie, David, Kenrick yah you all deserve it. Great achievement.

  8. Doctor Cure
    April 25, 2011

    sorry for straying away from de topic buh boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii I was in love with that teacher Mr. Severin when I was going to school…..boiiiiiiiiiiiii…hmmmmmmmmm if only
    Anyway good job Dr. Severin

  9. Just
    April 25, 2011

    At the ceremony, 54 graduates (13 males, 41 females) will be presented as follows’.

    What are up with our males? We needs early child-(boys)-hood programs to turn this around otherwise the boys will keep on faltering. We need them in order to have a productive society.

  10. coworker
    April 25, 2011

    Maso Riley Blanchie we are proud of you guys…….Congratulations!!!!!!!!! ALL THE HARD WORK PAID OF….Good job!!

  11. Emerline Anselm Carrette
    April 25, 2011

    Congrats to my girl Macina Bethel and also to Denise Riley and Blanche Athanaze. You guys did it and i am so proud. All the best and may God continue to bless you all.

  12. lady
    April 25, 2011

    I’m studying for my BSc (not at UWI) but it is tough so I have nothing but positive words for these graduates – hard work that certainly pays off!

  13. papa way
    April 25, 2011

    Give Dominicans more online university scholarships that way they can’t escape the island without paying the government back. :roll: oooops!!!

  14. fa
    April 25, 2011

    Go Macina, congrats girl

  15. Sonia. F
    April 24, 2011

    Yeahhhh congrats to my girls. Macina and Riley, honours…. and thats the way to go. Well done . Congrats again.

  16. DGS teacher
    April 24, 2011

    Congrats to Riley, Maso, Blanchie and Francis -Simon…you have done yourself, your family and Dominica by extension, proud. The sky’s the limit.

  17. Observer
    April 24, 2011

    Congratulations to Mr. Pinard on your great achievement. You have done men and Dominica proud; heres wishing you continued success.

    Good job Dr. Severin; Dominica needs many more like yourself. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless you.

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