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UWI St. Augustine 2021 Honorary Grads receive official instruments

For Release Upon Receipt - November 12, 2021

St. Augustine


The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Friday, November 12, 2021 – “It is right and proper that we applaud and recognize lives well lived, not just for themselves but for others. In a world that often seems upside down in who or what is revered, we can take heart in these four individuals who have charted paths for us to follow,” said Professor Brian Copeland, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus. He was speaking at a brief ceremony hosted by the Campus on November 1 to present the St. Augustine Honorary Graduates with their official instruments.

Honorary Graduates present at the ceremony were Mr Sieunarine Persad Coosal, Mr. Ray Anthony Holman, Mrs Lynette Seebaran Suite and Dr Roshan Parasram – who were awarded by The UWI for their contributions to the fields of Business, Culture, Law, and Medicine respectively in the Graduation Ceremonies from October 28 to 31. At the ceremony, they were each were presented with a UWI ring, official Honorary Degree Certificate, Canister, Citation, and a PhD hood.

“These individuals operate in widely different spheres. Yet, they share common characteristics: a tenacity to pursue their dreams despite the many obstacles they encountered along the way; a passion which has been their driver to realize their various visions; and a deep sense of service to a community that encompasses the entire country and, often, further afield,” explained Professor Brian Copeland. “They are living their life’s missions and, at the same time, are enriching the lives of their fellow citizens. For this, we thank them,” he added.

The four honorary graduates at the St. Augustine Campus were among the 14 eminent persons this year from across the regional UWI who were presented honorary degrees for their outstanding contributions to regional and international development.



About The University of the West Indies

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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