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Monore College Celebrates 'Reggaefest' At New Rochelle Campus

Monroe College will celebrate its international heritage with a Reggaefest Oct. 16 during Homecoming weekend.
Monroe College will celebrate its international heritage with a Reggaefest Oct. 16 during Homecoming weekend. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Monroe College is getting ready to celebrate its international graduates and long-standing Caribbean connection during Homecoming weekend with a "Reggaefest" Oct. 16.

This year's event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first Jamaican students to attend the college in the Bronx. In recognition of that milestone, the college, announced it would celebrate its graduates from around the world, with a special focus on those from Caribbean island-nations.

The reggaefest will feature performances from special guests that include the hip hop/reggae fusion of New York's own Upstate Cats, soulful St. Lucian singer/songwriter Chrycee; and headlining act Romain Virgo, a prominent VP Records reggae artist.

Monroe College has strong ties to the Caribbean community, with a campus in St. Lucia that serves more than 300 students from the island and its surrounding nations. Another 400 students from the region attend the college’s New York campuses each year.

Attendees will also have the opportunity over the weekend to enjoy a family-friendly carnival, watch Monroe’s football team in action at its homecoming game, and attend the Broadway show "Finding Neverland" with fellow alumni and Monroe faculty.

In addition, there will also be a charitable "Monroe Miles" five-kilometer run/walk in support of the local Boys and Girls Club on the morning of Oct. 17.

“This year’s homecoming events will be a fun and festive celebration of our many international students and graduates, and we are excited to welcome them all to homecoming weekend,” said Leslie Jerome, Monroe’s Director of Alumni Relations. “Each year, students from more than 70 countries come to study at Monroe College, and this exciting jam-packed weekend of events is to honor them and thank them for their many wonderful contributions to Monroe and the warm, inclusive, vibrant spirit on our campuses."

Some homecoming events require advance registration or tickets. Monroe College alumni wishing to learn more about this year’s homecoming events, or to register, should contact the Alumni Relations office at 914- 632-5400 ext. 6550 or monroealumni@monroecollege.edu.

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