News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – US Consul General Karen Grissette and the Right Reverend Bishop Nicholas Dill invite school groups, residents and visitors of all ages to attend a free daytime concert at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (‘Anglican Cathedral’) on Thursday, March 14, at 12:30pm, featuring a lively performance by the Harvard Krokodiloes and the Radcliffe Pitches. The event will include a special tribute to Harvard University alumnus Reverend Dr Erskine Simmons, a community leader and pastor who has made significant contributions to Bermuda.

Harvard University’s oldest a Capella groups return to Bermuda to continue their traditional Spring Break tour by performing an entertaining blend of harmony and humor for audiences at different venues across the island. “We welcome the return of the Harvard Krokodiloes and Radcliffe Pitches, and the opportunity to partner with the Cathedral to host this daytime concert,” commented US Consul General Karen Grissette. “I extend special thanks to Bishop Dill for his continued support of this event, making the Cathedral available for the public to experience these young, dynamic performers. Come on out during your lunch break and enjoy the show!”

The traditional visit by the university students reinforces the longstanding educational ties between the United States and Bermuda. This year, the educational partnership will be celebrated with a special tribute to Rev Dr Erskine Simmons who earned his doctorate degree in education from Harvard University. Dr Simmons is a well-respected community figure, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) pastor, former educator, and activist with professional experience in the United States and Bermuda. Rev Dr Simmons served Bermuda’s Ministry of Education as an education officer, is a former Berkeley Institute teacher, and was principal of Prospect Primary and St George’s Secondary schools.

In the United States, Dr Simmons was appointed as Chaplin of Wilberforce University and adjunct professor at Central State University – two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Ohio.

Notably, Rev Dr Simmons was a member of ‘The Progressive Group,’ which launched the 1959 Theatre Boycott that ultimately ended racial segregation in public venues across the island. “It is an honor to recognize Dr Erskine Simmons with students from his alma mater, Harvard University,” remarked US Consul General Karen Grissette. “We are proud to acknowledge his achievements and service to the community. Rev Dr Simmons’ life and work in both Bermuda and the United States exemplifies the benefits of a US degree.” The Rev Dr Simmons will have the opportunity to meet with the Harvard students following the concert.

The Consulate continues to share information about higher education opportunities in the United States through its ‘Study with US’ campaign which spotlights Bermudian students currently attending US colleges and universities, as well as Bermudian alumni of US institutions. The campaign also includes information about scholarships, and pathways to study in the United States, which can be found on the Consulate’s social media platforms.

The Harvard students’ performance is free and open to the public.

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