Seven more Vincentians have graduated from universities in Cuba and will return home over the next several weeks.
Graduating from the University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba in the eastern province of Cuba is Yoni Jardine from the Mesopotamia Valley, who pursued studies in mechanical engineering.
He is joined by female engineer Natoya Thomas, who pursued civil engineering at the University of Camaguey and who, like Jardine, looks forward to putting her newly acquired expertise to work for the benefit of the development of their homeland.
Meanwhile, the area of sports development stands to benefit from two more graduates of the International School of Sports and Physical Education in Havana. Former secondary school teachers Shernan Jocobs and Stedroy Deane received their university degrees on July 12 in Havana.
Jocobs, who hails from Lowmans Windward, is a former student of the St. Vincent Grammar School and a qualified Level 1 swimming coach, who taught physical education at the West St. George Secondary School before leaving to pursue tertiary education in Cuba.
The other, Stedroy Deane, who hails from Sandy Bay came to Cuba after serving in the classrooms at his alma mater, the Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia, from 2002 to 2007.
Deane is the outgoing president of the Vincentian Cuban Students Association.
Both look forward to continue to uplift the levels of instruction in their chosen fields upon return.
Meanwhile, three nurses, Kayasma Charles, Reah Dasent and Cashika Olliviere, will join their counterparts who graduated before them with their degrees in nursing, after five years at university with rotations among Cuban hospitals in Matanzas.
Olliviere also had the distinction of receiving a special award at her graduation ceremony which saw students from Grenada, St. Lucia and Jamaica being among the 27 foreign students receive their nursing degrees from a class of over 100.
St.Vincent and the Grenadines has to date graduated 47 graduate nurses from the Republic of Cuba.