The Universidad Central del Caribe Celebrates its 42nd Commencement Ceremony

Raysa Rosario Acevedo

Raysa Rosario Acevedo, First PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Students, family, faculty, and employees of the Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC) proudly celebrated the University’s 42nd Commencement Ceremony. During the event, a total of 176 students were presented with their academic degrees as health professionals, of which 80 students received their Doctor in Medicine degrees, and 91 students, from the Bachelor’s, Associate Degree, and Post-Associate Certificate in the Medical Imaging Program, received their degrees in their respective specialties.  Also awarded were 4 Master’s in Health Sciences in Substance Abuse Counseling and 1 Master’s in Biomedical Sciences.  Significantly, this year the UCC proudly conferred its first PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology.  The graduation speech was delivered by Dr. Richard Hann, Full Professor and Director of the Department of Biochemistry, who emphasized the role of health care professionals in teaching other students, colleagues and patients.

During the event, Mr. Joaquin Arbona Lago, President of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Jose Ginel Rodriguez, President of the University and Dean of Medicine, both representing the university community, awarded the following distinctions:

  •  Edgardo Mercado Rodríguez Award to student Zuaneshly Santiago Marrero, from the Medical Imaging Technology Program, for her achievements in clinical performance and commitment with volunteer community services.
  •  Dr. Stanley H. Asensio Beauchamp Award, named in honor of Professoris Emminentis and founding Director of the ObGyn Department, presented to Chloe N. Franceschini, for her excellent academic and clinical achievements at her ObGyn rotation who will continue on to graduate medical education training in this specialty.
  •  Dr. Luis Izquierdo Mora Distinction, to honor a student for his/her achievements in the Family Medicine rotation and distinguished for compassionate services to underserved populations.  This distinction was awarded to Karl A. Slanzinski.  Dr. Luis Izquierdo Mora, for whom the award is named, has been a great public health professional and leader in the field of medicine and primary health care and was founder of the Department of Family Medicine.
  •  The School of Medicine Alumni Association presented a distinction to Ariel Grajales, a school of medicine graduate, for his leadership, academic excellence and commitment to the Alma Mater.
  •  The Professional Woman Who Inspire, Nurture and Share Their Knowledge (PINK), women helping women, presented an award to Glaymar Domínguez, a school of medicine graduate, for her humanistic approach through medicine and genuine dedication to human needs in Puerto Rico and abroad.

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During the ceremony the following students were acknowledged with high academic distinctions:


Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Raysa Rosario Acevedo   Cum Laude


Medical Doctor Degree:

 Frances Jacinto*  Summa Cum Laude
 Chloé Nicole Franceschini  Sánchez  Summa Cum Laude
 Walisbeth Class-Vázquez  Summa Cum Laude
 Carolina Del Pilar Acevedo Yapur  Magna Cum Laude
 Christian Quintana  Magna Cum Laude
 Cristina Vanessa Vila  Magna Cum Laude
 Dannaly Reyes-Baerga  Magna Cum Laude
 Ian Carlos Padial Doble  Magna Cum Laude
 Jacobo J. Loyola Torres  Magna Cum Laude
 Monica S. Camelo Pardo  Magna Cum Laude
 Rafael J. De Ayala Hillman  Magna Cum Laude
 Santiago Coste-Sibilia  Magna Cum Laude
 Víctor M. González-Venegas  Magna Cum Laude
 Yoel Carrasquillo Vega  Magna Cum Laude
 Arelis M. Santana Marrero  Cum Laude
 Bayoán M. Ramos Parra  Cum Laude
 Coralee Del Valle Mojica  Cum Laude
 Fernando Javier Morell  Cum Laude
 Gustavo R. Armaiz-Peña  Cum Laude
 Jens Suero Lora  Cum Laude
 Melanie Tapia Hernández  Cum Laude
 Rehman Gonzales Madraswala  Cum Laude
 Tania Cristina Zayas Torres  Cum Laude
 William D. Miranda López  Cum Laude
 Yanira Marie Arce Ayala  Cum Laude

*Academic Excellence Award

Master in Health Sciences in Substance Abuse Counseling

 Maite Palmer Bengoa*  Summa Cum Laude

 *Academic Excellence Award


Master in Sciences in Basic Biomedical Sciences Biochemistry

Wilmarie Torres Rivera  Magna Cum Laude


Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology

 Maricarmen Pérez-Lizasuain*  Summa Cum Laude
 Brenda Palomo-Narváez  Magna Cum Laude
 Naysha N. Ruiz Rodríguez  Magna Cum Laude
 Maydaliz M. Colón Torres  Cum Laude
 Denise Del Valle-Rivera  Cum Laude
 Joel A. Negrón Irizarry  Cum Laude
 Zue E. Rodríguez Díaz  Cum Laude
 Joan Rodríguez Meléndez  Cum Laude
 Ariam N. Silva Nieves  Cum Laude

*Academic Excellence Award


Bachelor in Science in Diagnostic Imaging

 Fransuás Marie Torres Pabón*  Summa Cum Laude
 Leslián M. Hernández Morales  Summa Cum Laude
 Adaliz Sánchez Ayala  Summa Cum Laude
 Yashira L. Colón Domínguez  Magna Cum Laude
 Lisandra Martínez Rivera  Magna Cum Laude
 Zulmary Ortiz Rivera  Magna Cum Laude
 Jorge Pérez Guzmán  Magna Cum Laude
 Yesenia González Romero  Magna Cum Laude
 Sueheily Pantoja García  Magna Cum Laude
 Roberto Carlos Otero Tejera  Cum Laude
 Marielys Rios Caldero  Cum Laude
 Yanitza Jiménez Reyes  Cum Laude

*Academic Excellence Award























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