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  • President Granger presents Valedictorian with medal

President David Granger, last evening, attended the University of Guyana’s 50th Convocation exercise at the Turkeyen Campus, Greater Georgetown, where he presented the 2016 Valedictorian, Mr. Kibwey Peterkin, who graduated with a near perfect Grade Point Average, with the President’s Medal.

A section of the 1,628 students, who graduated from the University of Guyana's Turkeyen Campus, last evening
A section of the 1,628 students, who graduated from the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus, last evening

Mr. Peterkin, who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBBS), after completing 37 courses at the University, 36 of which he gained ‘As’ and one course a ‘B’, also received the Prime Minister’s Medal for the Best Graduating Student in the School of Medicine. According to a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, this is the first time that a student from the Health Sciences Faculty has been able to claim the title of Valedictorian.

President Granger congratulating the Best Graduating Student, Valedictorian Kibwey Peterkin, minutes after presenting him with the President's Medal
President Granger congratulating the Best Graduating Student, Valedictorian Kibwey Peterkin, minutes after presenting him with the President’s Medal

In delivering his address, the Valedictorian dared the graduands to aim for greater heights as he noted that they must endeavour to make Guyana a greater country. He encouraged them to never give up despite the circumstances, but to put perseverance and their goals above everything else.

President David Granger, acting Prime Minister, Mr. Carl Greenidge and other Ministers of the Government, at the 50th Convocation ceremony of the University of Guyana, which was held at the University's Turkeyen Campus

President David Granger, acting Prime Minister Carl Greenidge and other Government ministers, at the 50th Convocation ceremony of the University of Guyana, which was held at the University’s Turkeyen Campus Saturday evening

“As an institution, the University of Guyana, at this convocation ceremony celebrates another class of educated and mentored students eager to do great things for our country in our respective fields. Commit to your crafts and your professions. In the face of inevitable oppression or hardships remember to persevere. We have to write new chapters of innovation, compassion and respect. We, as graduates, have been given all the ink and paper we need to write these stories; stories of how we will chase our ambitions and use our gifts to become agents of change,” he said.

President David Granger presenting the President's Medal to the University of Guyana's 2016 Valedictorian, Kibwey Peterkin. This is the first time in the history of the University that a student from the School of Medicine in the Health Sciences Faculty has been able to capture the title.
President David Granger presenting the President’s Medal to the University of Guyana’s 2016 Valedictorian, Kibwey Peterkin. This is the first time in the history of the University that a student from the School of Medicine in the Health Sciences Faculty has been able to capture the title.

At this year’s convocation, a total of 1,628 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. The event was also attended by acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge; Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine; Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Basil Williams; members of the diplomatic corps and other government officials.

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