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Mount grad’s world travels boost his education at home

May 21, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Caleb Oliver of Jamaica, N.Y. attended the traditional Baccalaureate Mass before Mount Saint Mary College’s 55th annual Commencement on Friday, May 18.

Caleb Oliver of Jamaica, N.Y. attended the traditional Baccalaureate Mass before Mount Saint Mary College’s 55th annual Commencement on Friday, May 18.

 

Caleb Oliver of Jamaica, N.Y. beamed with pride at Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday, May 19, as he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in Hispanic Studies.

Oliver flourished on campus with the help of his professors, mentors, and friends. But when his academic journey took him on not one, but two trips to Spain, a new world of educational possibilities opened up to him, he said.

Caleb Oliver of Jamaica, N.Y. displays his diploma at the Mount’s 55th annual Commencement on Saturday, May 19.The dedicated scholar visited Spain with Mount classmates and professors in 2015 and again in 2017 through the Center for Career and Experiential Education’s Study Abroad program.

“It was an amazing opportunity to gain class credit while experiencing an amazing foreign culture,” said the graduate, who noted that being able to travel with fellow Mount students and beloved professors made the experience that much better. “I highly recommend studying abroad to any college student who has the chance because it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

In addition to his studies, Oliver was extremely involved on campus, participating in the Black Student Union, Student Activities Council, Diversity Club, the Get Creative club, and the Latino Student Union. He also worked as a resident assistant through the Office of Residence Life, an admissions ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and a global ambassador for the Study Abroad program. 

RIGHT: Caleb Oliver of Jamaica, N.Y. displays his diploma at the Mount’s 55th annual Commencement on Saturday, May 19.

“The main thing I will take away from the Mount is the importance of building a community,” noted Oliver. “I am grateful that during my four years at the Mount I have created strong bonds with many different people here.”

Oliver was named a Ralph Scholar in his sophomore year for attaining a grade point average of at least 3.40 and the recommendation of at least two faculty members.

In recognition of his dedication both inside and outside the classroom, Oliver was awarded the Senior Class Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Hispanic Studies Award for Excellence in Language Study.

Inspired by his study abroad experiences, Oliver has applied to be a language assistant with the Spanish government, hoping to move to southern Spain to teach native Spanish speakers the English language. 

“I would be extremely satisfied to use my Hispanic Studies major to help others learn in the future,” he said.