UWI to confer honorary degrees on 17 this year

Thursday, August 09, 2018

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SEVENTEEN people who have made outstanding contributions regionally and internationally within their respective fields will be awarded honorary degrees by The University of the West Indies (UWI) at its graduation ceremonies later this year.

“As is tradition, the honorary graduands represent a cross section of eminent people in the arts, sciences and other fields. Their degrees which have been approved by the University Council, will be conferred at the UWI's 2018 graduation ceremonies and presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez,“ a release from the university said yesterday.

The schedule of graduation ceremonies begins October 13 at the Open Campus in Saint Lucia, and continues on October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus, October 25-27 at the St Augustine Campus and November 2-3 at the Mona Campus. Each ceremony will be streamed live allowing friends, family and well-wishers to view the proceedings.

The following is the complete list of UWI honorary graduands for 2018, and each of their nominated honorary degrees follows:

Mona Campus

• Michael Anthony Holding, Jamaica, for his achievements in the sport of cricket – LLD

• Kenneth S Benjamin, Jamaica, for his leadership in the field of security – LLD

• Donette St M Chin-Loy Chang, Jamaica for her philanthropy – LLD

• H Carl McCall, Jamaica, for his leadership in Public Service – DLitt

• Dr Shirley J Thompson, Jamaica, for her contributions as an artistic director and educator

— DLitt

• Grace B Jones, Jamaica, for her achievements as an entertainer, model and global trendsetter – DLitt

• Dr Karl Wellington, Jamaica, for his contributions as an agricultural scientist – DSc

• Lloyd A Williams, Jamaica, for his contributions in leadership – LLD

• Montgomery Bernard “Monty” Alexander, Jamaica for his achievements as a musician - DLitt

Open Campus

• Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira , British Virgin Islands, for her work in law – LLD

• Larry Quinlan, St Kitts, for his work in leadership – LLD

Cave Hill Campus

• Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, St Vincent and the Grenadines, for his work in law – LLD

• Professor Ebenezer Oduru Owusu, Ghana, for his contribution as an agricultural scientist –


St Augustine Campus

• Paula Lucie-Smith, Trinidad and Tobago, for her contributions as a teacher, advocate and pioneer – LLD

• Hubert Ingraham, The Bahamas, for his work as a politician – LLD

• Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyana, for his achievements in the sport of cricket – LLD

• Winston A Bailey, Trinidad and Tobago, for his contributions as a musical composer – DLitt

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