Founder and Leader of the Democratic Republican Party, Anesia Baptiste has graduated from the University of London’s International Programmes with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) with second class honours.￼￼￼
Baptiste, 33, who completed the programme in August 2013, was among hundreds of international students, who were present at the Barbican Centre in London, before Princess Anne — only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who is also the University of London’s Chancellor.
During the ceremony Vice Chancellor Sir Arthur Smith admonished students to use their educational qualifications not only for personal advancement but also to serve others.
Speaking of her success, Baptiste, a 1998 SVG National Scholar, said, “In leadership roles, it is always important to stay focused and to continue to build one’s competence in fields required for effective fulfilment of duty.
“I intend to use the knowledge gained in this programme to strengthen my service to all our people.
“I feel privileged to be a graduate of the prestigious University of London which ranks 24th in the 2014 list of the world’s top 100 universities.
“I remain grateful to YHWH God and to those who have supported and helped me in tangible and intangible ways throughout this process and through all the changing scenes of my life,” said Baptiste, a former senator for the opposition New Democratic Party.
The LLB qualifies Baptiste to practice law in England and Wales, after the Bar Professional Training Course.
Baptiste has now added the LLB to her list of other academic achievements.
She is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in French (major) with linguistics (minor) from the University of the West Indies and a double master’s degree in hotel & tourism management from the Vatel Institute in Nimes and the University of Perpignan, Perpignan, South of France.
(UPDATE: This article was revised to remove a non-factual reference to Nelson Mandela)