Monroe College to Celebrate International Graduates and Long-Standing Caribbean Connection During "Reggaefest" Homecoming Weekend

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Reggae Theme Honors 20th Anniversary of First Jamaican Students to Campus and Monroe's Subsequent Growth as Leading U.S. Educator of Caribbean Students

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that this year's homecoming festivities, to be held October 15-18 at its New Rochelle campus, will be a celebration of its graduates from around the world, with a special focus on those from Caribbean island-nations.

"Celebrating Our Students from Around the World" is this year's homecoming theme. A reggaefest will be held October 16 to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the first seven Jamaican students to study at Monroe’s New Rochelle campus and to recognize the college’s continued close relationship with the Caribbean community.

Monroe College has strong ties to the Caribbean community, with a campus in St. Lucia that serves approximately 300 students from the island and its surrounding nations. Another 400 students from the region attend the college’s New York campuses each year.

Commencing with a Homecoming Dance and Masquerade Ball on Thursday, October 15, the festivities will feature performances from special guests that include the hip hop/reggae fusion of New York's own Upstate Cats, soulful St. Lucian singer/songwriter Chrycee; and headlining act Romain Virgo, a prominent VP Records reggae artist. Attendees will also have the opportunity that weekend to enjoy a family-friendly carnival, watch Monroe’s football team in action at its homecoming game, and attend the Broadway show "Finding Neverland" with fellow alumni and Monroe faculty. There will also be a charitable "Monroe Miles" five-kilometer run/walk through New Rochelle on the morning of the 17th, which will be open to the public and in support of local Boys and Girls Clubs.

“This year’s homecoming events will be a fun and festive celebration of our many international students and graduates, and we are excited to welcome them all to homecoming weekend,” said Leslie Jerome, Monroe’s Director of Alumni Relations. “Each year, students from more than 70 countries come to study at Monroe College, and this exciting jam-packed weekend of events is to honor them and thank them for their many wonderful contributions to Monroe and the warm, inclusive, vibrant spirit on our campuses."

Some homecoming events require advance registration or tickets. Monroe College alumni wishing to learn more about this year’s homecoming events, or to register, can do so by visiting here or by contacting Monroe College's Office of Alumni Relations office at 914-632-5400 ext. 6550 or monroealumni(at)monroecollege(dot)edu.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world 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 is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has 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 Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu

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