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Over 4,000 to graduate from UWI St. Augustine this week

For Release Upon Receipt - October 25, 2017

St. Augustine

Over the next three days the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies will officially confer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to more than 4,000 students. The six Graduation ceremonies for 2017 take place from October 24 through October 26 at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) and will be the first at the Campus presided over by newly installed Chancellor, Robert Bermudez.

Graduation statistics for 2017 show that of the 4,016 students to receive degrees, 67.5% are female. Undergraduate degrees will number 2,647 with the Faculties of Social Sciences and Medical Science certifying more than 500 undergraduate students each.  Postgraduate programmes still boast significant enrolment figures with 1,369 students being awarded graduate degrees including 233 educators from the Faculty of Humanities and Education who represent the single largest graduate programme cohort for the year.

Six valedictorians have been named and will represent the graduating class in their addresses at each ceremony. They are: Mr Rondelle Keller (Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Law), Ms Karisa Bridgelal (Faculty of Humanities and Education), Ms Sofiyya Hassanali (Faculty of Medical Sciences), Ms Zia Barnard (Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Food and Agriculture) and Ms Amy Victor and Mr Yenver Caezar (both of the Faculty of Social Sciences).

Also to be conferred during the course of the three days are Honorary Degrees to Mr Andrew Marcano – ‘Lord Superior’, Mr Winsford ‘Joker’ Devine, Ms Hazel Brown and Professor Clem Seecharan. Lord Superior will respond with a performance at the Thursday (October 26) 10am ceremony and Hazel Brown and Professor Clem Seecharan will deliver feature addresses at the Friday (October 27) 4pm and Saturday (October 28) 10am ceremonies respectively.

The schedule of Graduation ceremonies at The UWI St. Augustine is as follows:

All times listed are Eastern Caribbean Time.

Thursday October 26:

  • 10am – Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Food and Agriculture
  • 4pm – Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of  Law 

Friday October 27:

  • 10am – Faculty of Social Sciences (Surnames A-L) Undergraduate graduands ONLY and ALL Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB) graduands (Surnames A-Z)
  • 4pm – Faculty of Social Sciences (Surnames M-Z) Undergraduate graduands ONLY and ALL postgraduate graduands from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS), Institute of International Relations (IIR) and Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economics Studies (SALISES) (Surnames A-Z)

Saturday October 28:

  • 10am – Faculty of Humanities and Education
  • 4pm – Faculty of Medical Sciences

Attendance at The UWI 2017 Graduation ceremonies are by invitation only. Visit for a University-wide Graduation schedule and links to livestream feeds for all ceremonies. Also, join in the coverage of all The UWI Campuses’ ceremonies on Social Media by using the hashtag, #UWIGrad2017.

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About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)