BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 3, 2020– The Board of Trustees of the University of Belize approved 600 students for graduation at a meeting on July 29, 2020. Like many other universities globally, UB had to respond to the COVID-19 restrictions by implementing online learning to ensure that students met their graduation requirements.
The graduates come from the various campuses across the country, with 341 from Belmopan, 167 from Belize City, 53 from Punta Gorda, 26 from Central Farm and 12 from the outreach location in Corozal Town.
As was the case in the previous years, the majority of graduates are females, and a total of 18 percent of graduates completed their degree programs with honors.
Of note, for the first time in its history, UB has produced more graduates at the Bachelor degree level than at the Associate level; there will be 281 Bachelor degree graduates and 241 at the Associate level.
The highest overall achievers are Andres Hung, who will receive an Associate degree in Biology and Chemistry; Yi-Chen Wu, who will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy; and Delcia Choc, who will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science.
The university is currently planning to hold graduation ceremonies in Punta Gorda and in Belize City in October of this year. The University of Belize also celebrated its 20th anniversary on August 1, with a ceremony that featured remarks from various members of the institution.
President of UB, Professor Clement Sankat, said, “All anniversaries are important arrivals, but the 20th is quite special, symbolic of the coming of age, but let us not fail to appreciate that UB is still a young institution.”
Professor Sankat added, “This anniversary should be a time of giving thanks for all that UB has received and has been able to give, to reflect on where we have come from, our achievements, and also a time to project the University of Belize into the next 20 years.”