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Rescheduled UWI graduation ceremonies begin January 10

For Release Upon Receipt - January 7, 2021


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)




Note to the Editor:

The complete graduation schedule and further details are available at     


About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ); The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and 2019, then top 20 in 2020. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit


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