Inaugural Bahamian MSW cohort receives degrees

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Barry University hosted its annual fall commencement ceremony by welcoming more than 1,200 graduates to its esteemed alumni base. Among those scholars were six Bahamian residents that make up the School of Social Work’s first cohort of Barry graduates in the Bahamas.

Julita Ingraham, Clarence Hield, Ettamae Jones, Andrea Newbold, Jenny Laing, and Wellette Johnson earned their Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees, joining more than 170 MSW students from Barry’s main campus in graduating.

Barry first began offering degree programs in The Bahamas in 2010. The School of Social Work began their Master of Social Work degree program in the island nation in 2012 following the vision of the late Gala Munnings, former Director of Field Education for the School of Social Work.

Classes were held in both Nassau and Freeport while students traveled to Barry’s Miami campus for summer sessions. Students completed their field work in various locations throughout the Miami area including the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County, Destination Hope, and Kids in Distress.

The Honorable Melanie Griffin, Bahamian Minster of Social Services, was in attendance during the commencement ceremony to witness her countrymen’s graduation and served as the guest of honor for the ceremony.

Barry currently offers four master’s degree programs in the Bahamas – two through the School of Social Work and two through The School of Education. Barry’s proximity to the islands of the Bahamas has made it a popular destination for Bahamians to achieve their educational goals. Barry University’s main campus in Miami Shores currently enrolls 22 students from The Bahamas and the university has awarded 192 degrees to Bahamian citizens and residents since 2002.

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