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Near 1,400 to graduate during virtual ceremony at The UWI Cave Hill Campus this weekend.

For Release Upon Receipt - October 21, 2021

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The UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Thursday, October 21, 2021— The UWI, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados will host its virtual graduation ceremony for 1,382 graduands on Saturday, October 23.

This year’s ceremony will see the first cohort of students graduating from the Campus’ new Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts which was established last year. Graduands from the Faculties of Law, Humanities & Education, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport will also be conferred degrees during the ceremony.

The UWI, Cave Hill Graduating Class of 2021 comprises 1,028 undergraduate and 354 postgraduate candidates.  Among them, 23 are undergraduates with distinction, one with honours, and 154 with first class honours. Three hundred and fifty-six will be awarded upper second class honours, while 276 will receive lower second class honours. Of the postgraduates, two will receive high commendation, while 133 will graduate with honours. Ms Iyka Dorival from the Faculty of Law will represent the class of 2021 as Valedictorian.

As is customary at all UWI graduations, the Cave Hill Campus will confer honorary degrees on eminent nationals for their outstanding contributions. International Cricket Council Hall-of-Famers, Sir Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, will be conferred honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degrees for their contribution to sport, while internationally acclaimed musician, Nicholas Brancker will be conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree for his contribution to culture. Brancker is also expected to deliver the feature address.

Their conferrals will bring the total to four honorary degrees given by the Campus for 2021.  Earlier this month, a Special Convocation ceremony was held for Dame Sandra Mason, Governor General of Barbados, who was celebrated and bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree for her contribution to public service.

The Cave Hill Campus graduation ceremony will be presided over by Chancellor of The UWI, Robert Bermudez. Well-wishers across the world can tune in to watch it online via, Facebook or on UWItv’s channels on Flow EVO from 4:00 p.m. (Barbados/Eastern Caribbean/AST) | 3:00 p.m. (Jamaica).



About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global 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 its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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