Caymanian vet student graduates

Lisa Hunter, St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine’s first Caymanian graduate received her degree this month.

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From left to right: Chancellor John Marvin, Dr. Alfred Benjamin, Dr. Lisa Hunter and Dean William Wagner. Photo: Supplied

Ms Hunter was among the 2009 inaugural graduating class of 24 students from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Veterinary school dean William Wagner said he was delighted by both the inaugural class and Ms Hunter.

“We are very pleased to see our first Caymanian veterinary graduate complete her programme at SMU, and we look forward to more Caymanian graduates in the future,’ he said.

The inaugural commencement ceremony was held on 2 May at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida, and was attended by more than 200 family members, friends, faculty, students, administration and guests, including Alfred Benjamin, attended.

According to a press release from St. Matthew’s, as former Director of the Cayman Department of Agriculture, Dr. Benjamin has been instrumental in the success of the veterinary school and its students, including the development of the surgical teaching facility in Lower Valley.

Earlier the same day, the St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine held commencement exercises for its largest-ever graduating class of 240. More than 1,400 guests attended the medical school graduation.