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Six students graduate from John Paul’s Junior College in Benque Viejo

Posted: Saturday, July 7, 2018. 11:14 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: On Wednesday, July 4, John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC) in Benque Viejo del Carmen celebrated its fourth commencement ceremony.


Six graduates were awarded Associates of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and/or in English.
The welcome address was delivered by Florinda Santos Rodezno (Liberal Arts).

Jocelyne Nayveth Lemus (president of the Student Council, and Liberal Arts major) offered an Address on Behalf of the Graduates.

The Farewell Address was presented by Moises Alejandro Martinez (dual major in Liberal Arts and English).

The ceremony was followed by a mass.

Dean of JPIIJC, David Ruiz spoke in his Annual Report about the growth of the college since its founding in 2013.

Matthew Riley, a teacher of Latin with over twenty-five years of experience, gave the Keynote Address.

After two years as a missionary teacher at JPIIJC, Riley will continue as College Placement and Development Liaison to market the college throughout the United States and enable graduates to continue their educations at North American universities.

Natalie Gallatin, who will continue to serve as a missionary at JPIIJC for a third year, was Mistress of Ceremonies and presented awards to students.

A graduate of Benedictine College (Art and Economics) in the U.S., Gallatin presents an annual student art exhibition, organizes a college mission trip with the Pallotine Sisters in the Toledo District, and is pursuing JPIIJC cooperative efforts on behalf of liberty and development for Belize with the Acton Institute (U.S.), Fe y Libertad, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (both in Guatemala).

Distinguished guests included Juan Carlos Sagastume, Interim Director at the OAS Adjacency Zone.

The college is the only Junior college in Benque and is unique for its Liberal Arts curriculum, with all students completing a core curriculum that includes Philosophy, Theology, and the Trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic).

Each school year begins with an Outdoor Leadership Adventure, during which students and teachers camp, hike, and experience the environmental treasures of Belize at Mountain Pine Ridge.

JPIIJC is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

The college welcomes new and used books for its library, computer equipment, school supplies, and monetary donations.

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