21 graduate from GED and 16 from pre-USM


Some of the GED graduates with GED coordinator Micaela Hart; USM Dean of Academics Geneve Phillip-Durham, USM President Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, Board of Directors Vice-President Wycliffe Smith, USM School of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning representative Eion Maison and Claret Connor.

PHILIPSBURG–A total of 21 students graduated from the General Education Diploma (GED) programme at University of St. Martin (USM) and 16 from the pre-USM programme during a ceremony at the institution on Saturday. GED is equivalent to a high school diploma. In the Fall, the four-month GED programme is held from August to December, and in the Spring, it is held from January to May. USM said the 21 graduates “performed well,” during the programme. The next GED graduation will be held in July/August 2018.

Some of the graduates with USM and other officials.


  At the Pre-USM graduation, Edridge Parisien was the top student from amongst the gradating group. Parisien amassed an overall average score of 94 per cent.

  Pre-USM is a 10-month college preparatory programme which allows students from the vocational branch of secondary school to acquire the necessary skills, concepts and experiences to be admitted into a degree programme at USM, or to be prepared for college placement test elsewhere.

  The Pre-USM programme offers a blend of courses in mathematics, natural science and social science, and linguistics needed to sharpen the communication and critical thinking skills needed to follow programmes at the tertiary education level. Students will earn their GED in addition to nine skills courses including algebra, life science, English and much more. Tutoring and one-on-one with teachers are available, as well as counselling. Morning and evening programmes run concurrently.

  The next start date for the programme is August 21. Persons can still apply for this semester; however, late charges may apply. Application is open for the Fall 2018 semester.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68373-21-graduate-from-ged-and-16-from-pre-usm