Over 1,000 UB graduates receive diplomas and certificates in first post-COVID ceremony

Over 1,000 UB graduates receive diplomas and certificates in first post-COVID ceremony

One thousand one hundred and forty-five students from the University of Belize received their Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, certificates and diplomas over the weekend. The national university held its first post-COVID ceremony at the Belize City Civic Centre in Belize City on Saturday morning. The largest chunk of graduates – 502 students – received Bachelor of Arts or Science degrees in various areas including education and social work. The university’s president is Dr. Vincent Palacio, who had this message for the graduates.

Dr.Vincent Palacio, President, University of Belize: “As you set out this new journey pursue your passion don’t just go with status quo. Look for opportunities that give you unconditional joy and satisfaction. This may mean taking risks and encouraging and encountering challenges. And let me give you a tip Faith in God and the will to succeed is what will fuel your perseverance and consistency two key ingredients for success. Graduants as I’ve always done I would like to end by encouraging you to pursue excellence and continuous self development in all that you do. Be a lifelong learner. Take good care of yourself and be kind to others. Try to see the good in every person you meet, life is a precious gift cherish it.” 

This year’s guest speaker was Justice Michelle Arana, who was acting Chief Justice and will be serving in the Court of Appeal. She said that the graduates represent some of the best things in Belize’s growth and development. 

Hon. Michel Arana, Supreme Court Justice: “In the midst of this unprecedented crisis you have had to pivot rapidly with the assistance of computer technology to get your academic work completed in a timely manner. You have demonstrated that you possess the tenacity to rise above all obstacles that lay in your path. And you have weathered the storm to achieve your goals. This speaks to your resilience and determination as individuals and that bodes well for the future development of our nation.” 

483 students received Associate’s degrees, 49 received certificates and 21 received diplomas. The top students were William Palma, Oneisha Longsworth, Astrid Iglesias, and Cielito de Los Angeles Machuca. James Christopher Marin, who died weeks before his last class, was also posthumously awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Public Sector Management.

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