Rescheduled UWI graduation ceremonies begin January 10

Graduation season for The University of the West Indies (The UWI) commences this weekend on Sunday, January 10. 

The first graduation ceremony is at the Five Islands Campus in Antigua and Barbuda where six women who will be awarded Diplomas in Education have made history as the first graduands from The UWI’s newest campus which was established in 2019.

Across the regional university, an estimated 8,500 graduands from the class of 2020 will have their degrees conferred during the series of virtual and blended celebrations. The UWI Chancellor, Robert Bermudez will confer the degrees virtually and Chairs of the Campus Councils will preside over the ceremonies in their respective territories.

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, The UWI graduations will retain the tradition of recognising Caribbean excellence through the conferral of honorary degrees awarded to 14 persons for their outstanding contributions to regional and international development.

The University’s public information platform, UWItv plays a more pivotal role in this year’s presentation of the graduates in the absence of physical events. A total of 11 graduation ceremonies are scheduled to be broadcast live via as well as on UWItv’ s channels on Flow EVO, Facebook and YouTube. Details of each ceremony are as follows:



Sunday, January 10
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST)

Presided by: Aziz Fares Hadeed, CBE 

Feature Speaker:
The Honourable Gaston A. Browne, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Corporate Governance and Public Private Partnerships Antigua and Barbuda


Monday, January 11  
10:00 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST) Faculty of Social Sciences
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST) Faculties of Science and Technology & Food and Agriculture

Tuesday, January 12 
10:00 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST) Faculties of Engineering & Law
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST) Faculty of Humanities and Education
4:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST) Faculty of Medical Sciences

Presided by: Sharon Christopher, LLB UWI, LLM London, LEC, Acc. Dir 

Honorary Graduands:
Mr. Paul Keens-Douglas – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
Professor Edgar Julian Duncan – Doctor of Science (DSc)
Mr. Dominico Felipe Martina – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
Mr. Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe – Doctor of Letters (DLitt) 



Wednesday, January 13
5:00 pm (Eastern Caribbean/AST) | 4:00 pm (Jamaica/EST) | 3:00 pm (Belize)

Presided by: Her Excellency Dr. June Soomer, BA, PhD UWI 

Honorary Graduands:
Mr. Franklyn McIntosh – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Dr. Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds – Doctor of Science (DSc)



Thursday, January 14
10:00 a.m. (Jamaica/EST) Faculties of Medical Sciences, Law & Sport
4:00 p.m. (Jamaica/EST) Faculties of Humanities and Education, Science and Technology, Engineering & Institute of Gender and Development Studies 


Friday, January 15
10:00 a.m. (Jamaica/EST) Faculty of Social Sciences 

Presided by: Earl Jarrett, OJ, CD, JP, CStJ, Hon LLD UTech, Ja., Hon LLD UWI, Hon EdD MUC, FCA, MSc 

Honorary Graduands:
The Hon. Glen Christian – Doctor of Laws (LLD)

His Excellency Sir Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams – Doctor of Science(DSc)

Mr. Robert E. Levy of Jamaica for Entrepreneurship – Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Professor E. Albert Reece – Doctor of Science (DSc)

Ms. Hilary Grace Sherlock – Doctor of Laws (LLD)



Saturday, March 27 

Times to be announced

Presided by: Sir Paul Bernard Altman, KA, GCM, BCH, JP, BBA Mia, Hon LLD UWI – Cave Hill 

Honorary Graduands:

Ms. Sonita Alleyne – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)

Professor Juliet M. Daniel – Doctor of Science (DSc)

Dr. Julio Frenk – Doctor of Science (DSc)