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Four to be Awarded Honorary Degree at 2007 UWI, Mona Graduation Ceremonies

Four eminent persons are to receive honorary doctorates at the two graduation ceremonies scheduled for the Mona Campus to be held in November. They include a Roman Catholic priest, a stateswoman, a noted philanthropist and a distinguished Caribbean scholar and educator. Dr G. Raymond Chang, a son of Jamaica living in Canada, is Chancellor of Ryerson University and a passionate advocate of continuing education and young adult learning. He has been a generous benefactor of St George’s College, his high school alma mater and also of The University of the West Indies. This philanthropist, who is also a Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum, was honoured for his generous support and commitment to life-long learning with the naming after him of the ‘G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education’ in Canada. Dr Chang will receive the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD). Roman Catholic priest, Father Gregory Ramkissoon is best known for his work with physically and mentally challenged children under the ambit of the Mustard Seed Communities which he founded in Jamaica over 25 years ago. Father Ramkissoon has been a faithful agent of change in Jamaica, the Caribbean region and even further afield where his ministry targets the disadvantaged, providing them the loving care and nurturing they need. He also will be conferred with a Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree. Bahamian stateswoman, Dame Ivy Dumont, is the first female Governor-General of the Bahamas and the sole female awardee at Mona. She hails from Roses, Long Island in The Bahamas and holds a doctorate in Public Administration from Nova University. Before entering the political arena, Dame Ivy was an outstanding educator and administrator. She became her country’s Minister of Health and Environment also Minister of Education, Youth, Culture & Sport and served as a member of the Council of The University of the West Indies for many years. Dame Ivy is now retired but continues to educate and impact on the lives of many. She will also be conferred with the Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree. Professor Franklin Knight is an eminent educator and author at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA. One of the finest Caribbean historians of his generation, Professor Knight has written extensively on American slave systems and on social, political and cultural issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is an alumnus of the University of the West Indies and an active member of the UWI Alumni Association. He will be conferred with the Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree.

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