‘Brilliant’ Antigua and Barbuda national graduates from Towson University’s doctoral programme at age 24


The family of Maria Aretha James is still basking in the glow, after she received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Towson University on May 25, as well as the programme’s “Leadership and Advocacy” award.

The 24-year-old Antigua and Barbuda national was one of only two Black doctoral students in her class of 20 persons and was described by a lecturer as an “exceptional student,” a relative says.

Accordingly, her family was invited to stand and be recognized during the graduation ceremony, a relative tells REAL News.

The relative says that Maria’s accomplishment at such an early age comes as no surprise to them, since she has always been a “brilliant” young woman.

The newly minted doctor earned her Bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Oakwood University, in Alabama, before entering the inaugural cohort of Towson’s doctorate programme.

Her thesis focused on “culturally responsive care for adolescents with complex trauma,” and she is said to be “excited to begin her career” in occupational therapy.

Dr. James is the daughter of Myrna Browne James of Freemans Village and Trevor James of Swetes. The family now lives in Maryland, USA. (REAL NEWS)

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  1. Congratulations on your achievement Dr. James. May God continue to bless your future undertakings. Please endeavor not to leave God out of your life.

  2. Congratulations to you Family . Very happy and proud of you . Manish n Myrna must be Beaming with joy . This is just awsome news.

  3. Bright future ahead young lady, well done and congratulations 🎊 you can’t beat a good education …👏

    Go put Antigua 🇦🇬 on the world’s stage!

  4. A child still on mother’s breast accomplishing such feat is really a great achievement… Congrats Doc I tip my hat to you & your family. May God continue to bless you to reach to even higher heights

  5. Congratulations to Dr. James on her achievement, and to her parents and extended family who must have encouraged and extolled her to reach the heights to which she has climbed. ‘The heights of great men and women reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they whilst their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night’.
    This very young lady set her goals early in life and put her mind to her studies ( that was her proverbial back to the wheel). This, I am positive is only the first of other accolades to come.
    I wish Dr. James much success on her journey and ask only that she remember to reach a proverbial hand down the ladder of success to pull others up behind her.
    Once more, congratulations 🎉🎉👏👏

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