On Friday, six young Antiguans proudly walked across the stage and accepted their Medical Degrees during a special graduation ceremony which took place at the Court Yard of the Office of the Prime Minister.
Family, friends and well-wishers witnessed this event along with specially invited Government and diplomatic officials. Approximately 100 persons attended the ceremony.
Directors of proceedings, Dr. Asha Robins and Dr. Preston Goodwin, congratulated the grandaunts on their remarkable achievement and thanked the attendees for their support during the students’ time of study.
Special remarks were given by His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Veliz Olivares, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Antigua and Barbuda, and the Hon. E.P Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade.
“The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Committee and, by extension, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, are immensely proud of your accomplishments and eagerly anticipate the impact that you will have on society.” These were the words of the Chair of the PM Scholarship Committee, Mr. Maurice Merchant.
The Chairman went on to state: “We commend the Government and the People of the Republic of Cuba for steadfastly supporting the educational agenda of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, through the provision of scholarships on an annual basis. The assistance provided has had a significant impact on the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.”
The ceremony’s guest speaker, Dr. Hanybal Yazigi, Specialist Oncologist at Mount St. John Medical Center congratulated the six newly-inducted doctors on the success in their studies.
Dr. Eli Elijah Edwards, a 28-year-old from Parham, completed his studies at the University of Matanzas where he gained awards in Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics and Pharmacology, while earning outstanding academic achievements and maintaining a GPA of 4.78, making him the Top Student in his graduating class of 2017.
Dr. Edwards also received the Most Outstanding Student Award, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence, and an academic distinction for Outstanding Academic Achievements.
Academic Distinction Awards were also presented to Dr. Dylan Thomas, Dr. Tazaar Bianca Divina Benjamin, Dr. Kharesha Simon, Dr. Renesha Hazelwood and Dr. Wayne Constant. Dr. Wayne Constant also received the Prime Minister’s Award for Leadership.
The medical students of the 2017 graduating class are all now fully engaged, fulfilling their internships at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. Contributing their knowledge and skill sets to the care and well-being of many Antiguans and Barbudans.
Photo Caption: Dr. Eli Elijah Edwards, (Second from left) on obtaining his degree with Honourable Mention and an award for Outstanding Performance. Also pictured are Dr. Dylan Thomas, Dr. Ranisha Hazelwood and Dr. Kharesha Simon.