UWI Open Campus Graduation, Antigua 2011

UWI Open Campus St Kitts

ZIZ News…Oct 25 2011 – The University of the West Indies Open Campus held its 3rd graduation exercise on 15th October, 2011 in Antigua.

A contingent of 13 of the 14 graduating students from St. Kitts and Nevis along with Site Head, Mrs. Susan Owen and Programme Officer Mrs. Cicely Jacobs were in attendance.

The Governor-General of the Federation Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and Sir K. Dwight Venner, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank who also serves as the Chairman of the UWI Open Campus Council were also present at this function.

The 2011 graduates from St. Kitts and Nevis who were presented with their certificates by UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne are:

Bachelor of Education
Doriel Bowry

Bachelor of Science
Mentrice Arthurton
Dexter Boncamper
Jacqueline Browne
Larissa Claxton
Kerri Greene
Seymona Hutton
Donald Liburd
Somaria Persaud-Browne
Trevere Swanston
Fayola Tross
Avonelle Woodley

Associate of Science
Joyce Moven

Trevere Swanston was the recipient of the B Sc. Management Studies Degree with First Class Honours. The majority of St. Kitts and Nevis graduates pursued the B Sc Management Studies option. The UWI Open Campus has also distinguished itself in 2011 by graduating 56 persons from across the region with First Class Honours. The majority of these persons pursued Bachelor of Education degrees.

The award of honorary Doctorate was made to two individuals for their contributions to the development of the communities in which they live and to the wider Caribbean. Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of St Lucia received the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD and Mr Alwin Bully, Cultural Administrator from Dominica received the honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree. These two persons are a part of the group of twenty persons being so honoured during the 2011 UWI graduation exercises. The other individuals will receive their award at the upcoming graduation exercises at the St. Augustine, Cave Hill and Mona Campuses.

In her address Dame Pearlette Louisy expressed her gratitude the UWI for the award that she was given and also spoke to the new graduates imploring them to use their knowledge and skills to build a better Caribbean region. This Caribbean reality she believes should be based on the uniqueness of the culture of the region that differentiates it from other places in the world.

These sentiments were echoed by the Chancellor who also sought to impart to the crowd the significant achievements made by the UWI Open in its three short years of operation. He reminded the gathering that this, the UWI’s fourth Campus, came into being at a time when the world was experiencing a financial crisis. He lauded the efforts of the UWI Open Campus Principal, Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald and the entire UWI Open Campus staff for the great work that had been done thus far.

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