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UWI Mona Homecoming Week, February 14‑20, 2010

A red carpet welcome awaits alumni and friends at the 2010 Mona Homecoming Week, celebration set for February 14‑20. A range of activities and special events have been planned to celebrate 61 years of UWI pride and tradition.

On Sunday, February 14 at 9 a.m. we begin with a Commemoration Service at the Chapel, led by UWI alumna, the Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble Bloomfield, Regional Deputy General Secretary of The United Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman. This service will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the University Chapel.

On Thursday, February 18 at 3 p.m. the Ring Road comes alive with the University Parade and Flag-Raising Ceremony to commemorate the founding of the UWI. Come enjoy live performances while reliving a journey back in time with floats depicting major events, milestones, fashions, foods and dances over the last 60 years. During the ceremony, the UWI Alumni Association, Jamaica Chapter will present its prestigious Pelican Award to the outstanding and accomplished graduate, Mr. Earl Jarrett, Managing Director, Jamaica National Building Society.

Then at 6:30 p.m. all roads lead to the Student’s Union for an evening of entertainment at the Memories Lyme: The Homecoming Edition, featuring fashions, dance and comedy. Excitement is mounting as preparations get underway for the fashion countdown from the 60’s to present and a Dance-off between students and alumni. There will also be a Comedy Reflection of life on Campus over the years and performances by special Guest Artistes.

On Friday, February 19 it will be time to celebrate the cultures that make the Caribbean community so special. Caribbean Day will feature national foods, displays and cultural performances.

Last Lap, Saturday, February 20, takes the form of a community service activity in neighbouring August Town, where UWI alumni will roll up their sleeves and add some colour to eleven basic and primary schools and set up two computer labs. There will also be a number of parenting seminars.

The activities climax with the Homecoming Dinner and Dance, when the spotlight is turned on UWI standout Professor Patricia A. Martin Deleon, Trustees Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware, and recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.  The festivities will be capped with vintage entertainment by veteran Bob Andy and company and DJ Collin Hines.

Come taste the excitement and feel the enthusiasm: students, fellow graduates and staff. It is a special opportunity to renew old friendships and create new ones and share in the warmth and success of your UWI Mona family.

For more information visit the Mona Homecoming website.

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