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UWI bestows Doctor of Laws degrees


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Almost 14 000 people collected their degrees, diplomas and certificates as they bade farewell to the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, during its annual graduation ceremony held at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on Saturday. The graduation was divided into two sections – morning and evening.
During the second half, two individuals – Reverend Dr Kortright Davis and Honourable Elliott D. Mottley, Q.C – were bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa. They were conferred by Chancellor George Alleyne.
Also receiving special awards was Shane Lowe, who graduated with first class honours in her Bachelor of Science along with the Sir Arthur Lewis and the Charles Cannon Awards for his outstanding performance.
A number of other individuals also graduated from the university with first class honours.
In his address, the honourable graduate Davis said he considered himself “very fortunate and highly priveleged” to have been honoured as he urged his fellow graduates to never forget the “sacrifice” made by family, associates and friends who have helped them “to a point of achievement and success”.
Noting that the hundreds of graduates would have been beneficiaries of “benevolence and support” from “pulic and private purse”, Davis said there were a number of expectations.
He further urged the graduates to never “trample” what others had done for them.
“In other words, it must always remain true for us that to whom much is given, of them shall much be required,” he said.
Davis reminded the gathering that they were living in “critical times”.
“We must always welcome everyvaluable effort to make more institutional opportunities available for the many of our people . . . . We must fight to save the value of our educational modules . . . but we must always ensure that the quality of our intellectual enterprise is not driven only by institutional occupiers but qualitative outcomes,” cautioned Davis.
During his discourse, he also paid tribute to his late mother.
Valedictorian Jermaine Case said despite coming from diverse cultures, graduates had developed “shared bonds”.
The Jamaican said he, like his fellow graduates, was “eternally grateful and indebted” to all who made their experience “a fleeting possibility” and “a treasured reality”.
“We must channel our energies and ingenuities to finding creative solutions to the problems that we will face as a region and together weather the inevitable failures that will beset us,” advised Case.


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