Grace Jones among 18 to receive honorary degrees

Eighteen influencers who have made outstanding contributions regionally and internationally within their respective fields will be awarded honorary degrees by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) this year. As is tradition, the honorary graduands represent a cross-section of eminent persons in the arts, sciences and other fields of intellectual endeavour. 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.

This year, over 8000 graduates are expected to participate in the traditional ceremonies—a total of 13 across the four campuses. The schedule began on October 13 with the Open Campus in Saint Lucia, and continues on October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, October 25 through 27 at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago and November 2 through 3 at the Mona Campus in Jamaica. Each ceremony will be streamed live on UWItv via for friends, family and well-wishers who want to view the proceedings.

The complete list of UWI honorary graduands for 2018 and each of their nominated honorary degrees and bios follow.

Open Campus

  • The Honourable Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira DBE from the British Virgin Islands for her work in law – LLD
  • Mr Larry Quinlan from St Kitts for his work in leadership – LLD

Cave Hill Campus

  • The Honourable Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders from St Vincent and the Grenadines for his work in law – LLD
  • Professor Ebenezer Oduru Owusu from Ghana for his contribution as an agricultural scientist – DSc

St Augustine Campus

  • Mrs Paula Lucie-Smith from Trinidad and Tobago for her contributions as a teacher, advocate and pioneer – LLD
  • Professor Dermot Kelleher from Ireland for his work in research and medicine – DSc
  • The Honourable Hubert Ingraham from The Bahamas for his work as a politician – LLD
  • Mr Shivnarine Chanderpaul from Guyana for his achievements in the sport of cricket – LLD
  • Mr Winston Mc Garland Bailey (Shadow) from Trinidad and Tobago for his contributions as a musical composer – DLitt

Mona Campus

  • Mr Michael Anthony Holding from Jamaica for his achievements in the sport of cricket – LLD
  • The Honourable Kenneth S. Benjamin, OJ, CD from Jamaica for his leadership in the field of security – LLD
  • Mrs Donette Chin-Loy Chang from Jamaica for her philanthropy – LLD
  • Mr H. Carl McCall from the US for his leadership in public service – DLitt
  • Professor Shirley J. Thompson from Jamaica/UK, for her ground-breaking work as a classical music composer, artistic director and educator – DLitt
  • Ms Grace B. Jones from Jamaica for her achievements as an entertainer, model and global trendsetter – DLitt
  • Dr The Honourable Karl Wellington OJ, CD from Jamaica for his contributions as an agricultural scientist – DSc
  • Mr Lloyd A. Williams from Jamaica for his contributions in leadership – LLD
  • Mr Montgomery Bernard “Monty” Alexander from Jamaica for his achievements as a musician – DLitt