The UWI 2017 Honorary Graduands

The University of the West Indies will confer 12 honorary degrees at its 2017 graduation ceremonies.
The UWI awards honorary degrees to individuals of eminence in the arts, sciences and other fields of intellectual endeavour, as well as to persons who have made outstanding regional or international contributions.  The 2017 graduation ceremonies will see new Chancellor, Mr. Robert Bermudez presiding over the ceremonies and conferring degrees to the following honorary graduands.


  • Ms. Edwidge Danticat :-  Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)


  • Professor Ihron Rensburg :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Ms. Kaye I. Foster :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Dame Selma Udine Jackman :- Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc)


  • Mr. Winsford Devine :- Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Mr. Andrew Marcano :- Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Ms. Hazel Brown :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Professor Emeritus Clem Seecharan :- Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Mr. Luis Moreno :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)


  • Ms. Olive Senior :- Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Mr. Anthony Hart :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Mr. Monty Alexander :- Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Professor Emeritus J. Edward Greene :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Mr. Wesley J. Hall :- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
The ceremonies are scheduled for October 14 at the Open Campus; October 21 at the Cave Hill Campus; October 26-28 at the St Augustine Campus, and November 3-4 at the Mona Campus. Each will be streamed online so friends, family and well-wishers could tune in to view the proceedings.  


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, 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 and Social Sciences. 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. For more information, visit