Antiguan Mercedes Ryan completes MSc in Criminology


An Antiguan student has recently completed a Master of Science (MSC) degree in Criminal Justice/ Criminology.

Mercedes Ryan, the daughter of businessman Paul Ryan and his wife, Francine, pursued the degree at Purdue University Global, which is located in the United States.

Ryan started her journey in 2009 at the Midwestern State University in Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.

She then returned home for a brief internship with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

While working with the police, Ryan assisted with processing arrests, examining crime scenes and updating criminal records.

She was among the top three graduates of the Ministry of Finance’s Leadership through Excellence Award Programme (LEAP) in 2013.

Ryan is a graduate of the Christ the King High School class of 2007 and has always looked forward to a career in criminal justice.

According to the new criminologist, Benjamin Franklin’s observation that ‘an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest’ has been her personal guide.

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  1. Congrats to Mercedes. We were interns together in the LEAP programme. I remember the good treatment we got in that programme. I am sorry that the ALP did not continue it. I think my younger brother would be in Antigua today if they still had the LEAP. I hope the UPP brings it back if they win the elections.

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