Kindly allow us to respond to the letter to the editor captioned ‘School of the Nations students have to pay $12,000 each to graduate’ dated November 23, 2018.
Nations has partnerships with several international institutions and universities, and our focus has always been to provide the best quality at an affordable price. We began offering the MBA programme 7 years ago and have hosted several graduation exercises at various venues such as the Pegasus, Ramada and Parc Rayne.
Sadly, the writer failed to mention that this year’s graduation exercise will be held at Pegasus, one of the most prestigious hotels in Guyana. One would know that venues of this caliber charge rental as well as a fixed cost per person for refreshments. About 100 students will be graduating, 80 of which are MBA students; contrary to the inaccurate number shared in the letter. Additionally, the writer also failed to mention, maybe unintentionally, that for graduation students are given the hat, tassel and hood; only the gown must be returned.
Nations has also rented a photo booth for the event where students can take countless pictures and collect as keepsakes, at no cost.
Nations will also be giving out over 30 trophies and awards, including service awards to students who serve in the armed forces.
Additionally, Nations solely absorbed the expense of bringing a very influential speaker in from Canada to give the feature address. A full-page message of congratulations will also be placed in the newspaper for our graduating class.
Certainly, the amount contributed by students helps to offset the graduation expenses, however, Nations also covers some of the expenses as our token of appreciation. The intention certainly is not to make a profit from graduation and we certainly hope this is not what is being suggested by the writer.
Finally, Nations would like to extend congratulations to all the graduates and we look forward to a successful graduation exercise.
Dr Brian O’Toole
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