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Cave Hill Honours 70 of its Most Outstanding Graduates

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Ten current and former prime ministers, a governor general and a former president were among 70 Cave Hill alumni honoured for their contributions to the region and the world, during a recent ceremony held at the campus.

The event formed part of Cave Hill's 70th anniversary celebrations of The University of the West Indies.

Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Eudine Barriteau, pointed out that Cave Hill graduates have positively impacted the social fabric of Barbados and the wider region, leaving lasting legacies.

She said the final list of 70 was by no means an indication that The UWI believed that those individuals were its only outstanding graduates.

“We are proud of and value all of our graduates. We know that they are located in spaces where they have made, and continue to make, impactful contributions to their households, their neighbourhoods and communities, their countries, and indeed to this region and the world. We are extremely pleased to have many of our graduates making positive interventions in the international arena. They are standing on platforms where they are not only ambassadors of their respective home countries, but poised as ambassadors of the UWI and the Caribbean. Among them are Prime Ministers, Governors General, judges, educators, trade unionists, clerics, musicians, medics, artists, and activists.”

Speaking on behalf of the alumni being honoured former St Lucian Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony stated that the region must work to ensure that The UWI remains accessible for as many of its citizens.

“Not many of our young graduates from our tertiary institutions are getting access to the University of the West Indies or university education. In fact, when we look around, less than ten percent of those eligible get to university, and so the problem remains.

“All of us laud the efforts to expand access to the University of the West Indies but, for me, I hope that in expanding that access we never forget that a major responsibility of any university is to identify its brilliant people and its brilliant citizens. This means that as much as we have a job to ensure that access is made readily available throughout our region. . .”


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