The UWI 2018 Honorary Graduands

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Bridgetown Barbados. August 8th 2018. The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus wishes to clarify recent public statements indicating that international singer Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty will be the recipient of an honorary doctorate at its 2018 graduation ceremony.

While Ms Fenty was among a list of eligible candidates approved for receiving the university’s highest honour, her management conveyed that she was unable to commit to receiving the honorary degree this year because of scheduling commitments. This information was communicated to The University of the West Indies several weeks ago and management at The UWI Cave Hill campus, where the award would have been conferred, was aware of Ms Fenty’s inability to accept the award on this occasion.

At The UWI’s Annual Business Meeting of Council on April 27th, 2018, 21 persons were approved to be awarded honorary degrees for the University’s 2018 ceremonies. This is subject to these persons’ willingness to accept, and their being able to be present at the respective Graduation Ceremonies at each of The UWI’s four campuses. The confirmed list of Honorary Graduands is now 17 based on the responses from these two criteria.


Seventeen influencers who have made outstanding contributions regionally and internationally within their respective fields will be awarded honorary degrees by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) this year. As is tradition, the honorary graduands represent a cross-section of eminent persons in the arts, sciences and other fields of intellectual endeavour. Their degrees which have been approved by the University Council, will be conferred at The UWI’s 2018 graduation ceremonies and presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez.

The schedule of graduation ceremonies begins October 13 at the Open Campus in Saint Lucia, and continues on October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus, October 25-27 at the St Augustine Campus and November 2-3 at the Mona Campus. Each ceremony will be streamed live allowing friends, family and well-wishers to view the proceedings. The complete list of UWI honorary graduands for 2018, and each of their nominated honorary degrees follows. Further details will be shared at a later date.

Open Campus

  • The Honourable Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira DBE from the British Virgin Islands for her work in Law – LLD
  • Mr Larry Quinlan from St Kitts for his work in Leadership – LLD

Cave Hill Campus

  • The Honourable Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders from St Vincent and the Grenadines for his work in Law – LLD
  • Professor Ebenezer Oduru Owusu from Ghana for his contribution as an Agricultural Scientist – DSc

St Augustine Campus

  • Mrs Paula Lucie-Smith from Trinidad and Tobago for her contributions as a teacher, advocate and pioneer – LLD
  • 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
  • Mr Winston A. Bailey, OBE (Mighty Shadow) from Trinidad and Tobago for his contributions as a Musical Composer – DLitt

Mona Campus

  • Mr Michael Anthony Holding from Jamaica for his achievements in the sport of cricket – LLD
  • The Honourable Kenneth S. Benjamin, OJ, CD from Jamaica for his leadership in the field of Security – LLD
  • Mrs Donette St M. Chin-Loy Chang from Jamaica for her philanthropy – LLD
  • Mr H. Carl McCall from Jamaica for his leadership in Public Service – DLitt
  • Professor Shirley J. Thompson from Jamaica/UK, for her ground-breaking work as a classical music composer, artistic director and educator - DLitt
  • Ms Grace B. Jones from Jamaica for her achievements as an entertainer, model and global trendsetter – DLitt
  • Dr Karl Wellington from Jamaica for his contributions as an Agricultural Scientist – DSc
  • Mr Lloyd A. Williams from Jamaica for his contributions in leadership – LLD
  • Mr Montgomery Bernard “Monty” Alexander from Jamaica for his achievements as a Musician - DLitt


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