UWI Honorary Degrees For Distinguished Caribbean Entertainers

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 22, 2023: The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is set to confer honorary degrees upon fourteen remarkable individuals, including several Caribbean entertainers, during the Class of 2023 graduation ceremonies, commencing on October 7.

This cherished annual tradition, coinciding with the regional university’s 75th jubilee celebrations, serves as a tribute to the exceptional contributions these honorees have made to their communities and society at large.

These distinguished individuals will join the ranks of hundreds of graduating students across The UWI’s Five Islands, Cave Hill, St. Augustine, Mona, and Global (formerly Open Campus) locations, marking the culmination of their educational journeys.

Below is the schedule for the 2023 graduation ceremonies and the esteemed list of honorary degree recipients:

Five Islands Campus – October 7

Sir Leroy ‘King Short Shirt’ Emanuel

Sir MacLean, born 28 February 1942 and better known as King Short Shirt, is an Antiguan singer, best known as one of Antigua’s longest standing and most successful calypsonians, but later producing gospel music.

Cave Hill Campus – October 21

Alison Hinds

Recording Artist Alison Hinds performs on stage during the Caribbean Village Festival at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater on June 23, 2019 in Miramar, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

Alison Hinds, born June 1st 1970, is a British-born Bajan soca artist based in Barbados. She is one of the most popular soca singers in the world.

St. Augustine Campus – October 26-28
Heather Headley

Heather Headley performs onstage at the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by L. Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Heather Headley, born October 5, 1974, is a Trinidadian-born American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the titular role of Aida. She also won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her album Audience of One. In 2018, she recurred as Gwen Garrett on the NBC medical drama television series Chicago Med.

Mona Campus – November 3-4
Hugh Beresford Hammond, OJ

Beres Hammond OJ, born Hugh Beresford Hammond on 28 August 1955, in Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica, is a Jamaican reggae singer known in particular for his lovers rock music. While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s.

Stay tuned for these inspiring celebrations of achievement and recognition at The UWI’s graduation ceremonies.

Caribbean Travel News & Deals

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 22, 2023: Here are the top Caribbean travel news and deals this week in 60 seconds.

Police on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, are investigating the death of twenty-nine year old American male resident of Carbon Dale, Illinois. Preliminary reports revealed, that shortly after 10:30 a.m on September 20th while on board a cruise ship, the male passenger was found unresponsive near the pool deck. He was later pronounced dead by the ship’s doctor. Investigations into his death continues.

Canadian authorities are warning nationals to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to or in Cuba due to shortages of basic necessities including food, medicine and fuel.

Canada is also warning nationals to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to or in Trinidad and Tobago due to violent crime there.

Sandals Resort will debut its 18th resort and the first ever on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is set to launch in Spring 2024.

Blue Diamond Resorts is now offering complimentary roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers integrated seamlessly into the reservation process to any of its resorts in the Caribbean for guests. The option is open to those who choose to book directly through the hotel management company’s dedicated brand websites as of September 18th.

Get ready to book a flight to Saint Martin for the third edition of ‘Festival de la Gastronomie of St. Martin.’ The event is set to take place from November 11 to 22, 2023. Find out more at festival-st-martin.org

South West Airlines offers a great THanksgiving Weekend Getaway from Fort Lauderdale To The Dominican Republic.
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