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Honorary Degree to be presented to The Shadow

For Release Upon Receipt - October 23, 2018

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. October 23, 2018 – The University of the West Indies (UWI) joins the national community in mourning the passing of Mr. Winston Mc Garland Bailey, The Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific singers/ songwriters. Mr. Bailey was scheduled to be conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa for his contributions as a musical composer at the morning Graduation Ceremony, this Saturday October 27th, 2018 at The UWI St. Augustine. Earlier this year, the award was offered to Mr. Bailey and he graciously accepted the University’s offer for the conferral of the degree. As such, the honorary degree will be presented at Saturday’s ceremony, in special tribute.

In expressing condolences, Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland said, “The country has lost yet another super creative citizen, one who re-energized the calypso and soca world with his unique rhythms, nicely woven into his cleverly crafted commentaries on so many aspects of  life and living. I was proud to have witnessed his historic entry into the local arena in 1974 – his timing could not have been better. I am so very sad and disappointed that he passed  before he could collect his Honorary Doctorate scroll himself on Saturday. May he rest in peace.”  

Graduation Ceremonies at The UWI St. Augustine Campus are scheduled to kick-off this Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27 at UWI SPEC. Four other distinguished persons will be awarded honorary degrees as follows:  

  • 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

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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 BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad 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.)