St. George’s University will be conducting its inaugural Parents’ Weekend from August 22, 2008 through August 24, 2008. The “Beyond Spice” Parents’ Weekend (Grenada is also known as the “Spice of the Caribbean”) will allow parents and families to experience the full educational program, with its emphasis on student services and commitment to student well-being, as they enjoy the elegant beauty of its breathtaking campus and surroundings.
SGU’s Robert Ryan, Associate Dean of Enrolment Planning and member of the “Beyond Spice” Parents’ Weekend Committee, explained that selecting the date for the event was the first step toward maximizing its effectiveness for both parents and students. “Inviting the parents of our medical and veterinary medical students to Grenada the weekend after classes start has several benefits,” said Dean Ryan. “We (the committee) believe that having parents join their children a week after classes begin will give the students an opportunity to assess and request any additional items needed to make their stay in Grenada most productive and comfortable. In addition, the campus and its students will have settled nicely into a routine, allowing parents to experience SGU’s impressive facilities in a less frenzied environment.” Dean Ryan also mentioned the resulting benefit of opening up a minimum of 300 coveted airline seats on an already limited flight schedule to Grenada.
Dean Ryan explained that more and more parents were arriving with their students in Grenada at the beginning of term. “The University is thrilled to see this level of care on the part of families, and we have become extremely frustrated that we are unable to marshal the necessary University resources to pay full attention to them since we are settling in the students who have just arrived.” The University is committed to focusing on the parents’ needs and has dedicated a full weekend to do so.
The “Beyond Spice” Parents’ Weekend will include tours of the campus and its state-of-the-art facilities including labs, library, lecture halls and dorm rooms. The faculty and staff of the University recognize the importance of familiarizing both the parents and their children with not just the University’s True Blue campus, but the Island and its people. Therefore, tours have been arranged so visitors can experience the Island’s pristine surroundings.
A Question and Answer Session with the top administration as well as informative presentations from the Department of Educational Services, Professors, Counselors, Student Government Association, Housing and Clinical have been carefully planned to assure parents that in addition to providing an internationally recognized academic program, their children’s well being is the University’s utmost priority. Several exciting cultural events are also included in the festivities.
The weekend’s activities will close with the School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony to be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. After inspirational speakers, students take an Oath to the Profession of Medicine. A reception for students and families will follow. The School of Veterinary Medicine White Coat Ceremony will be held the Tuesday prior, and all SVM parents are invited to come early to attend the event and stay to enjoy the weekend festivities.
St. George’s University has planned a similar event in the United Kingdom with our Northumbria University (NU) partner, welcoming parents of the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program students during the weekend of August 15th. Due to a smaller class size of approximately 150 students, SGU and NU are confident that holding Parents’ Weekend during the start of classes will not interfere with its similarly scheduled events.
The University looks forward to Parents’ Weekend becoming a new tradition on both the True Blue campus as well as its Northumbria University campus.
If you are interested in attending, please contact us at ParentsWeekend@sgu.edu.