21 International Students Graduate in Panama City; Dean Tom Mackey Confers Degrees; Panama VP Rodriguez Makes Remarks

By Francesca Cichello, director of student services, Center for International Programs

February 7, 2012

21 International Students Graduate in Panama CityPanama City was the setting on Dec. 15, 2011 for the newest group of SUNY Empire State College graduates. Center for Distance Learning Dean Thomas Mackey represented the college in conferring baccalaureate degrees in the area of business, management and economics to 21 International Program students with degree concentrations in marketing, international business and business management.  

Remarks were delivered by the vice president of Panama, Sr. Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, who challenged the students to put their education to use in the service of their country. With two major infrastructure projects underway – expansion of the Panama Canal and creation of a new subway system – “the future looks bright indeed for our graduates,” said Gavin Lowder, interim director of the Center for International Programs.

This was the third graduation ceremony for Panama International Program students since the program’s inception in January 2009, in partnership with Quality Leadership University.