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The First Of Many

Social Work Graduates from The Bahamas (left to right): Jenny Laing, Julita Ingraham, The Honorable Melanie Griffin, Phyllis Scott, PhD, dean of Barry’s School of Social Work, Ettamae Jones, and Andrea Newbold
St. Croix Inaugural Class of 2013 (left to right): Mackenzie Epler, Nicole Brandon, Adam Tulp, Erica Gyorfi, Jennifer Arizu, Salvatore Bonventre, Laura Wintsch, Arthurlyn Sullivan, Stephinie Horning, Kristen Perez, Jennifer Samuel, and Sophia Osmanzada

On Saturday, December 14, Barry University hosted its annual fall commencement ceremony and welcomed more than 1,200 graduates to its esteemed alumni base. Among those scholars were the first cohort of students from programs in The Bahamas and St. Croix.

Six Bahamian residents earned master’s degrees from the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work. Barry offered classes in both Nassau and Freeport, while students traveled to the Miami main campus for summer sessions. Students completed their fieldwork in various locations throughout South Florida, including the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County, Destination Hope, and Kids in Distress. The Honorable Melanie Griffin, Bahamian minster of social services, witnessed her countrymen’s graduation in Miami and served as the commencement ceremony’s guest of honor.

A commencement ceremony for 89 physician assistant students was also held on the same day via video conferencing between Miami Shores, Florida; St. Petersburg, Florida; and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The first 12 graduates of the Physician Assistant Program in St. Croix earned their Master of Clinical Medical Sciences degree and a physician assistant certificate. Barry first began offering classes in St. Croix in fall 2011 after receiving approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The program helps close the gap in the island’s medical system by producing nationally certified health care professionals.

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