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Update: Each graduating senior will receive ten complimentary tickets for family and friends. Additional tickets will be available for the community on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Student Amenities Building, room 235. FVSU students and employees should use their identification card for admittance.
October 29, 2013 -The second-in-command of the Caribbean’s eighth-largest economy will deliver advice to Fort Valley State University’s latest graduating class. On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m., The Hon. Kenny Davis Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia, will be the keynote speaker during the 2013 Fall Commencement in the Health and Physical Education Complex. During the ceremony, the dignitary will also receive an honorary degree from FVSU.
Fort Valley State president, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, is looking forward to the visit from this top government official.
“I’m delighted the (University System of Georgia) Regents have approved my request to confer the honorary doctorate degree on Prime Minister Anthony, a scholar-statesman with a known commitment to using education as a platform for social and economic development,” said Dr. Griffith.
Anthony’s interest in government and politics started early in life. He earned his Doctorate in Law from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. When the future prime minister was still in his twenties, he joined Saint Lucia’s Labour Party. He hoped the rise of the party could help chart the Caribbean nation’s future. After the commonwealth first gained its independence in 1979, the future prime minister taught politics as a part-time tutor at the University of the West Indies. Later, in August 1979, the Allan Louisy administration hired Anthony to work as a special advisor in the Ministry of Education and Culture.
In December 1980, Anthony was named a senator and minister for education by the government. The dignitary continued working in this capacity until March 1981. The collapse of the Louisy administration forced the politician to seek refuge within academia. Anthony spent most of his time outside of his home country, working as an educator. The dignitary served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law for the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He also worked as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s General Counsel, based in Guyana.
When Saint Lucia’s social and economic climate became rocky, Anthony made a triumphant return to politics. In 1996, he became the country’s Labour Party political leader. He led his party to a resounding victory in the General Elections on May 23, 1997, with the largest-ever majority in the island’s electoral history. The leader became the prime minister and formed the first Labour Government proceeding. After a 14-3 victory in the December 2001 General Election, Anthony formed a government for a second time.
Despite strong growth and inflows of foreign direct investment during the early part of the new millennium, his party lost the general election on Dec. 11, 2006, and Anthony became the leader of the opposition. After a Labour majority victory on Nov. 28, 2011, the statesman, once again, became the country’s prime minister.
In addition to his governing experience, Anthony holds several portfolios of finance. The prime minister has presented twelve budgets to Parliament, including a supplementary budget in 1997 and April 2013. He currently holds the portfolios of finance, economic affairs, social security, planning and national development in the Cabinet of Saint Lucia.
In addition to the Anthony’s visit, students, family members and Wildcat supporters can also look forward to a few changes at this year’s commencement ceremony.
Each graduating senior will receive ten complimentary tickets for family and friends. Additional tickets will be available for the community on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Student Amenities Building, room 235. Simulcasting of the event will take place in the C. W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center’s auditorium.
For more information about commencement visit, http://www.fvsu.edu/academics/commencement, or contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (478) 825-6330.
Christina D. Milton, writer
Fort Valley State University
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