Acclaimed steelband arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe and dialect poet Paul Keens Douglas are among 14 people across the region who will receive honorary degrees from the University of the West Indies (The UWI) at its 2020 graduation ceremonies.
The ceremonies are scheduled to take place from January 11–16.
Sharpe is being awarded a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) for steelpan arrangement, composition, and performance and Keens-Douglas for his work in culture and the arts.
The UWI graduations will be in a mix of blended, virtual formats in celebration of graduating class of approximately 8500 students across the region.
The honorary doctorates are in keeping with a tradition of recognising Caribbean excellence in a wide variety of fields such as music, theatre, public service, medicine, agricultural science and entrepreneurship among others. The awards were approved by the University Council, which has sanctioned over 500 honorary degrees since 1965.
Among the 2020 honorary graduands to be recognised for their outstanding contributions to regional and international development are:
Cave Hill Campus
° Sonita Alleyne of Barbados for Entrepreneurship and contributions to Journalism – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
° Professor Juliet M. Daniel of Barbados for her work in Medicine and Cancer research – Doctor of Science (DSc)
° Dr Julio Frenk of the USA for Leadership in the field of Medicine – Doctor of Science (DSc)
° Franklyn McIntosh of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for his work as a Musical Director/Composer – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
° Dr Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds of St. Kitts and Nevis for Public Service leadership – Doctor of Science (DSc)
° Glen Christian of Jamaica for Entrepreneurship – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
° Sir Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams of Antigua and Barbuda for Medicine and Public Service – Doctor of Science (DSc)
° Robert E. Levy of Jamaica for Entrepreneurship – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
° Professor E. Albert Reece of Jamaica/USA for leadership in the field of Medicine – Doctor of Science (DSc)
° Hilary Grace Sherlock of Jamaica for her work in Special Disabilities Education – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
St. Augustine Campus
° Professor Edgar Julian Duncan of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for contributions to Caribbean Science and Agriculture – Doctor of Science (DSc)
° Dominico Felipe Martina of Curacao for Public Service leadership – Doctor of Laws (LLD)