• Maryland Governor Wes Moore, US Entrepreneur, Dr. Tricia Bailey to Receive Honorary Doctorates
  • Hon. Lascelles Chin Named Humanitarian Awardee

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) has confirmed the eligibility of a record 774 graduands for its commencement ceremony at the National Arena on July 16, 2023.

Presiding over his first commencement since being appointed President of the institution last year, Professor Haldane Davies noted that “in addition to the student graduates, we have two distinguished recipients of Honorary Doctorates – The Governor of the State of Maryland, Wes Moore and CEO/Philanthropist/Real Estate Mogul, Dr. Trisha Bailey, both of Jamaican heritage, who have excelled in their different disciplines in the USA. I am also happy to announce the presentation of the UCC 2023 Humanitarian Award, posthumously, to business titan the late Honourable Lascelles Chin OJ, CD, noteworthy entrepreneur who died recently.”

“This year’s commencement is very special in so many ways. We are celebrating our first cohort of UCC students graduating from the historic doctoral programme offered in partnership with the prestigious UK-based University of Sunderland. This is quite a milestone as the doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) was taught at the UCC’s main campus here in Kingston by visiting Professors from the University of Sunderland”, Professor Davies explained.

Noting too that commencement 2023 signals the return to the in-person format halted as result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Professor Davies praised the work of his predecessors – presidents, faculty, staff, founders and Board of Directors for “laying the foundation on which graduates can go forward to create and innovate a future of greatness for themselves.”

UCC Founder & Group Executive Chairman, Dr. Winston Adams said that the group had much to celebrate including “a year of growth, consolidation and global expansion”. Dr. Adams said that “the UCC is well on its path to full globalization following in the footsteps of the growing list of international companies providing education services in their home countries and abroad.”

Dr. Adams said that “the UCC, one of only five institutionally accredited higher education Institutions in Jamaica has broken new frontiers and boundaries, setting a pace in educational entrepreneurship with higher education partnerships that span exclusive regional agreements that allow students across approximately 25 regional countries to pursue either stand-alone bachelors and masters degree programmes or dual degrees.”

He noted that “customised corporate education programmes across physical campuses, online and via UCC Global enjoy formal relationships with many strategic partners, establishing a foundation for the admission to UCC/UCC Global of international students from across the commonwealth.”