Monroe College Hosts Deputy Consul General Omyma David of Antigua and Barbuda at Campus Celebration of Island Nation's Annual Independence Day

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New York-based Monroe College hosted reception for Omyma David, Deputy Consul General of Antigua and Barbuda, in celebration of the island nation's Independence Day.

On Friday, November 8th, Monroe College welcomed New York’s Deputy Consul General of Antigua and Barbuda, Omyma David, for a Post-Independence Day Luncheon. The event, which took place at the New Rochelle campus, celebrated the students from Antigua and Barbuda as well as the country’s relationship with Monroe.

Monroe student Norrell Joseph acted as the Master of Ceremonies and kicked off the event with an introduction to Kenisha Ambrose, also a Monroe student, who sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem of Antigua and Barbuda. He then introduced Monroe’s Executive Vice President, Marc Jerome, who spoke of Monroe’s history with Antigua and Barbuda.

“Our relationship with the Caribbean began in 1993 and since then, we have graduated hundreds of Caribbean students,” explained Vice President Jerome. “One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the character that these students contribute to the campus and to the college as a whole.”

After a warm introduction from Vice President Jerome, Deputy Counsel General Omyma David spoke of her experience as a Caribbean student and her admiration for those students who are currently studying so far from home.

“My heart gravitates towards these students,” said Deputy Counsel General David. “They are far from their families and the only home they know, yet they are thriving here in their academic environment. It’s admirable.”

Deputy Counsel General David also spoke of the significance of the 32nd Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day.

“We are one family,” she quoted the holiday’s motto, “celebrating with pride, vision and integrity.”

Mr. Joseph also introduced four students from Antigua, including Dornica Smith, Clement Antonio, Robert Samuel, and himself. Each student expressed their appreciation for Monroe – especially the staff and faculty who have helped them to adjust and settle comfortably.

“I have great relationships with all my professors,” commented Mr. Joseph, who is currently working on his degree in Hospitality Management. “Professor Thompson is particularly special. He took me under his wing and has been like a father figure to me.”

The event ended with a deliciously authentic meal cooked by Antiguan cultural icon, Aunty Esther.


Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a student-centric learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs to students from campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professionals, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. The institution was listed in the fall of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report as the most affordable private college in New York State. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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