21 honorary degrees will be awarded at the 2015 graduation ceremonies of The University of the West Indies

21 honorary degrees will be awarded at the 2015 graduation ceremonies of The University of the West Indies (The UWI). The 21 individuals to be conferred comprise four at the Cave Hill Campus, seven at the Mona Campus, two at the Open Campus, and eight at the St. Augustine Campus.

The following awardees will receive honorary doctorates in recognition of their stellar contributions to Caribbean development:


Ms Pamela Coke Hamilton LLD

Ms Pamela Coke Hamilton LLD

Mr Stephen D. R. McNamara LLD

Sir David A. C. Simmons, KA, BCH, QC, LLM LLD

Mr Ralph S. Williams DSc

Mr Ralph S. Williams DSc


Dr Lloyd Barnett, OJ LLD

Hugh Hart, OJ LLD

Mrs Alfarita “Rita” Marley, OD DLitt

Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris DLitt

Mr Denis O’Brien LLD

Mr Denis O’Brien LLD

Professor Emeritus Sir Geoff Palmer, OBE, PhD, DSc, FRSM DSc

Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, OJ LLD


Mr David Samuel Brandt LLD

Ambassador A. Missouri Sherman-Peter LLD


Mr Gérard A. Besson, HBM DLitt

Mr Hollis R. Charles DSc

Justice Ralph Narine LLD

Mrs Jean Angela Permanand LLD

Mr Rajkumar “Krishna” Persad, NKR, HBM DLitt

Mr David Rudder DLitt

Mr A. Norman Sabga LLD

Dr Marjorie Thorpe DLitt

At The UWI’s Annual Business Meeting held in April, The University Council accepted the recommendation to award honorary degrees to the 21 individuals for their outstanding achievements and service to the region in their respective fields. The UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne will confer the degrees at UWI graduation exercises during the months of October and November 2015. As is customary, one of the honorary graduands will address the audience at each of the ceremonies.

The Open Campus will be the first of the four campuses to host its graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 10. At the Cave Hill Campus, the ceremony takes place on October 17; followed by the St Augustine Campus ceremonies from October 22 to 24; and the Mona Campus graduation ceremonies from October 30-31.

Campus Marketing & Communications Offices will provide, more information on the speakers, dates, times and other campus specific, graduation related activities in due course.

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