Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021. 3:11 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Leading private tertiary institution, Galen University yesterday graduated its Class of 2021 virtually, hosting a formal, COVID-compliant exercise with a select audience at the school campus and others joining online.
Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology Francis Fonseca was guest speaker, joining former Governor-General Sir Colville Young and Chair of the University Board of Trustees, Rene Villanueva, Sr.
“Success and excellence are never individual stories; they are always about family and community,” the Minister observed. He challenged graduates to think about what they will do with their education now received, and noted that the society and community has high expectations for graduates, whom he said must be more engaged considering the times we live in – a pandemic, rising poverty, rising unemployment, rising loss of hope and confidence.
But there are opportunities, Fonseca said, in the land, air and sea; in our industries, battle-scarred and ready for recovery; in our people, who have stared into the abyss and found character and resilience. And a government with a plan stands behind them – making education work for all, making tourism benefit the least of all, making agriculture cost-effective for farmers and buyers.
“Belize needs you – your ideas, your energy, your passion. Don’t take your education and sit on the sidelines,” the Minister implored, pointing out areas where Galen graduates can contribute directly and indirectly to national development.
The University paid tribute to Sir Colville, delivering a painting it commissioned from artist Fernando Cruz depicting the title characters of the stories ‘Pataki Full’ and ‘Bertie Bullfrog and his Neighbours’ from the 1991 collection Pataki Full.
But the former Governor-General also had a gift for the University – a school anthem titled “Dream, Grow, Thrive” which he composed himself.
The University’s top performer was Reese Medina, 4.0 in Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
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