Three more Saints graduate from university

02 August 2019 By Donna Crowie

Two weeks ago saw three Saints graduate from their universities with Bachelor Degree's. Since then, three more Saints have graduated from University, making a total of six Saints this year. Alexia Lawrence, Louisa Plato and Harley Williams were the latest graduates.

Alexia Lawrence


Alexia Lawrence on July 18 graduated from Kingston University, London with First-Class Honours degree in Biomedical Science.

But recognition for Alexia's outstanding achievements didn't end at First-Class honours.

Alexia was also awarded the prestigious President's Prize by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. The Prize rewards "outstanding achievement in a Biomedical Science honours degree." And, Alexia received two Kingston University Dean's Prizes – for consistent good performance, and for best performance on the degree.

Alexia's parents, Jeffrey and Helen Lawrence, partner Jamie Essex and cousin Scott George attended the graduation ceremony.

Alexia had embarked on the four-year degree course in September 2015. Prior to 2015, Alexia worked in the Health Directorate's medical laboratory.

"[Alexia]'s achievement has been a result of determination, dedication and hard work," said Laboratory Manager Geoff Benjamin. "She should be congratulated on such a brilliant result, and we are all proud of her success."





Louisa Plato


Louisa Plato, originally from Blue Hill, last week graduated from the University of Derby with a First-Class Honours BSc degree in Nursing (Adult).

Louisa had departed St Helena in August 2015 to begin her four-year course.

"I am still overwhelmed by all of the support I have received from everyone, including teachers at university, family and friends here and on St Helena, as well as all of the many wonderful nurses and colleagues I've worked with here and at home," Louisa said. "I can't thank [them] enough.

"I am feeling really ecstatic with the achievement I've made, and can't believe I have managed to gain a first-class honours degree classification.

"I am currently enjoying my new role as a newly qualified nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital on Ward 206, which specializes in orthopaedics and trauma. The team has been amazing and have given me a lot of support.

"I will be returning home in December this year and can't wait to start another journey at Jamestown's hospital, in my new role as a nurse. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the colleagues I've worked with previously at St Helena, and can't wait to share with then my adventure I have undertaken over the last few years here in the UK."

Present at Louisa's graduation was her mum Gilly, dad Jeffrey, husband Chay, son Theo, sisters Maria and Megan, Julian Henry and friend Erica Stevens.





Harley Williams


On Thursday, Saint Helenian Harley Williams, the son of Tammy and Gavin Williams of Gordon's post graduated with an Upper-Class Honours bachelor's degree in Environmental Science.'

Harley studied at Bath Spa University, for the past three years. Now, he will be continuing his academic journey by moving on to a master's degree programme in Environmental management, which will begin in September of this year.'

Harley told SAMS: 'Being at University for the past three years have been the best years of my life. My experiences have helped me grow as a person and equipped me with essential skills for my future.'