On Friday, February 7th, 2020, Grenadian
students studying in the various Provinces in Cuba arrived in Havana to
celebrate our country’s 46th year of Independence.
On Saturday, February, 8th, the day started
with our students participating in their usual outdoor and indoor games while
availing themselves of the opportunity to socialize with each other. There was
also a steel pan performance by youth from the Caribbean Association, an organization
made up of persons of Caribbean descent.
The formal ceremony commenced at Seven Thirty
(7:30) PM attended by Mr. Gustavo Véliz Olivares – Director for Central
America, Mexico and Caribbean Affairs at the Ministry of External
Affairs(MINREX) , Former Cuban Ambassador to Grenada, María Caridad Balaguer
and her husband, other Cubans Officials and Cubans of Grenadian descent.
The evening’s program chaired by Dr. Petra
Francis included speeches from the attending dignitaries, the feature address
by Ambassador, Her Excellency Claris Charles, presentation of awards to
students who received a GPA of five followed by cultural performances by
ceremony, Ambassador Charles received a special award from the five students
from the province of Pinar Del Rio who will be graduating later this year. They
expressed their gratitude to her for her guidance, support and motherly love
that she gave to them over their years spent in Cuba.
To bring the curtains down on the weekend
celebrations, the students attended their annual, independence dance which
attracted students from other Caribbean islands and Africa.
On Sunday February 9th, the students left
Havana to return to their various universities in Cuba.
The following students received awards for
exceptional academic performance in 2019.