A “good but trying year”

Close to 1,800 students graduated from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies yesterday, following what Chancellor Sir George Alleyne described as “a good but trying year” for the tertiary level institution.

Addressing the class of 2015 at the gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Sir George noted “the challenge of reduced student registration which was mitigated by “the aggressive remedial action by the principal (Professor Eudine Barriteau) and her staff”.

“There was and continues to be a serious financial challenge, but I have the expectation and the assurance that the Campus will be returned soon to financial solvency and progressive student growth,” he said.

Sir George noted that student enrollment at Cave Hill stands at 5,793 which represents a decline of 16.5 per cent from the previous year, with the majority at the graduate level.

Students from 37 countries make up the undergraduate population.

“This is the beginning of a new phase for the 1,792 students who will receive their diplomas this year.

“There are 1,437 with first degrees and 355 at the postgraduate level. “The majority of these, 55 per cent, are in the Social Sciences followed by those from the Faculty of Law; 119 students achieved first class honors,” he said.


Executive Director of the Caribbean Development Export Agency, Pamela Coke-Hamilton was one of three candidates who received an honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.

Sir George reported that the majority of the postgraduates were at the Masters level, “but I was pleased to see us graduating 10 PhDs and 12 with doctorates in medicine”.

“I must note the fine performance of the first cohort of graduates from the MSc Sport Sciences double degree program with the University of New Brunswick (UNB).  Five students have earned their MSc, two with distinction,” he told the audience.

The MSc in Sport Sciences is the first double degree programme at the Cave Hill Campus and successful students were awarded degrees from both UWI and University of New Brunswick.

An Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science was conferred on businessman Ralph Williams.

At yesterday’s graduation ceremonies Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Laws were conferred on former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons; St Lucian attorney at law Stephen McNamara, and Executive Director of Caribbean Export Development Agency, Pamela Coke Hamilton. An Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science was conferred on local entrepreneur Ralph Williams. (GA)

2 Responses to A “good but trying year”

  1. Winston Ifill October 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

    What a refreshing sight, news of this nature makes me proud to be Barbadian. Living abroad, I am but a person looking from the outside. But, I could assure you, I do so with the greatest of pride.

    Not only as a Nation with tremendous educational values at the highest levels. Barbados also has some of the best values, in retrospect of its Government, when it comes to corruption.

    Having been voted in the top Twenty Countries in the World, as the least corrupt, with a CPI rating of seventy four out of a hundred. We should be proud of a stability and the great educational system that we have.

    Its not all doom and gloom as some people tends to want us believe. By the way, Barbados is the only Country from the region that were on that CPI list of low corruption. The other Country the was on it, were Haiti, unfortunately, on the wrong side of the spectrum.


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