Sunday 29 November, 2020

UWI to award over 9000 degrees as graduation ceremonies begin

An estimated 9300 degrees are expected to be awarded when the University of the West Indies begins its round of graduation ceremonies this weekend. 

There will be 13 ceremonies taking place with more than 1000 graduands at the Open Campus, over 1200 at Cave Hill, nearly 4000 at St. Augustine and followed by more than 3000 at Mona.

More than two-thirds of the graduands are female with nearly 7000 receiving undergraduate degrees, and over 2000 getting graduate degrees.

Graduation season will commence this weekend in Antigua and Barbuda.

The UWI Open Campus graduation ceremony will take place today, Saturday, October 12 from 10 am Eastern Caribbean time at the St John’s Pentecostal Ministries Church in Antigua.

The UWI continues its tradition of broadcasting the series of ceremonies via its public information platform, UWItv.

Family and friends who want to watch loved ones cross the stage, can tune in online via, Facebook or a local UWItv channel on Flow.  

Considered among the most important ceremonies on the University calendar, the graduation elements are steeped in tradition, beginning with the procession of graduands, the academic procession (of faculty and administration), and the Chancellor’s procession.

University Chancellor, Robert Bermudez presides over the ceremony and delivers the opening address.

Honorary degrees are then awarded to selected persons in recognition of their stellar contributions to Caribbean development. In some instances, an honorary graduate will deliver and address.

This is followed by the award of first degrees, diplomas and certificates, the valedictory address and the award of higher degrees and postgraduate diplomas. Graduates are then invited to join the UWI Alumni Association in the recital of the UWI Alumni Pledge before the official closure of the ceremony and singing of The UWI song.

This year, 10 honorary degrees will be awarded to Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton at the Open Campus; Maxine Williams, Stedson ‘Red Plastic Bag’ Wiltshire and Alan Emtage at Cave Hill; Ewart Williams and Pelham Goddard at St Augustine and Patrick A. A. Hylton, Thalia Lyn and Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor at Mona.

More information on the prestigious graduation traditions and a complete itinerary of the ceremonies and can be found on The listing is also included below. All times are in Eastern Caribbean time.

Open Campus

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10 am


Honorary Graduand: Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton of Saint Kitts and Nevis for Public Service – LLD


Cave Hill Campus

Saturday, October 19, 2019

10 am| Faculties of Humanities & Education, Engineering, Food & Agriculture, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, and Sport

Honorary Graduand: Ms. Maxine Williams - LLD


5 pm | Faculty of Social Sciences

Honorary Graduands: Mr. Stedson "Red Plastic Bag" Wiltshire – DLitt and Mr. Alan Emtage – DSc


St Augustine Campus

Thursday, October 24, 2019

10 am | Faculties of Science & Technology and Food & Agriculture

Honorary Graduand: Professor Harold Ramkissoon - DSc

4 pm | Faculties of Engineering and Law

Friday, October 25, 2019

10 am | Faculty of Social Sciences, surnames A - L Undergraduate Graduands and all ALJGSB Graduands, surnames A - Z

4 pm | Faculty of Social Sciences, surnames M - Z Undergraduate graduands only and ALL Postgraduate graduands from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Gender & Development Studies, Institute of International Relations and Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economics Studies Surnames A-Z

Honorary Graduand:  Mr. Ewart Williams - LLD


Saturday, October 26, 2019

10 am | Faculty of Humanities & Education

Honorary Graduand: Mr. Pelham Goddard - DLitt

4 pm Faculty of Medical Sciences


Mona Campus

Friday, November 01, 2019

11 am | Faculties of Social Sciences, (ALL graduands EXCEPT those from the Mona School of Business and Management - (Graduate and Undergraduate) and Law

Honorary Graduand: Mrs. Thalia Lyn

5.30 pm | Faculties of Humanities and Education, Science and Technology, Engineering and Food and Agriculture - (Graduate and Undergraduate).

Honorary Graduand: Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor


Saturday November 02, 2019

11 am. | Faculty of Social Sciences, (graduands from the Mona School of Business and Management) - (Graduate and Undergraduate) and Institute for Gender and Development Studies.

Honorary Graduand: Mr. Patrick A. A. Hylton

5.30 pm | Faculty of Medical Sciences - (Graduate and Undergraduate) and the Faculty of Sport

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