Honourary Doctorates

UCC believes that recognising individuals who perform exceptionally in their respective fields is paramount.

Over the years, the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean has conferred a number of highly distinguished persons who have contributed significantly to the development of Jamaica with honorary doctorates.

Prof. Errol Morrison, 2012

Former President of University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH)
Awarded: Honourary Doctor of Laws, LLD, Honoris Causa.

Being the first recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree presented by UCC, Professor Morrison was recognized for his role as an educator and for his extensive pioneering research in diabetes and advancing the understanding of the disease.

Under his leadership at UTECH, access and quality have grown in tandem, improving the lives of thousands of students who now have a greater number of options for higher learning.

Mr. Bruce Bowen, 2013

Former President & CEO of ScotiaBank Group Jamaica
Awarded: Honourary Doctor of Laws, LLD, Honoris Causa.

Mr. Bowen has had an accomplished banking career spanning two decades and several countries. At the time of his honouring, he served as president and CEO of ScotiaBank Group Jamaica Limited since November 1, 2008.

During his tenure Mr. Bowen exhibited impressive leadership of the ScotiaBank Jamaica Foundation, which has done tremendous social outreach, particularly in the areas of health and education.

Dr. Henry Lowe, 2014

Executive Chairman, Environmental Health Foundation
Awarded: Honourary Doctor of Science & Innovation, Honoris Causa.

Dr. Henry Lowe, a scientist who specializes in medicinal chemistry, has contributed approximately 50 years in the fields of science and technology, energy, the environment, wellness and health sciences nationally, regionally and internationally.

As a result of his outstanding work in these areas he has earned several awards nationally and regionally, including the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1982. He has also served on several public and private sector boards. Dr. Lowe is not only recognized as one of the regions outstanding  scientists but also public servant, author, educator and successful entrepreneur.

Mr. Richard Byles, 2016

Former President & CEO of Sagicor Group
Honourary Doctor of Business, Honoris Causa

Under Mr. Byles' leadership since 2004, the Group has evolved through a series of acquisitions  including Pan Caribbean Investments Limited and First Life Insurance Company Limited in 2004, the Blue Cross Jamaica health insurance portfolio in 2009, and in 2014, the banking operations of RBC Jamaica.

Mr. Byles holds a BSc. in Economics from the University of the West Indies and a MSc. in National Development from the University of Bradford, England.

Mr. Gary Hendrickson, 2017

Chairman and CEO of Continental Baking Company
Honourary Doctor of Business, Honoris Causa

Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson is the Chairman and CEO of Continental Baking Co Ltd and Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St Lucia. Educated at Jamaica College, Miami Military Academy and Fordham University. Mr Hendrickson currently sits on the Boards of Rainforest Seafoods, The King’s House Foundation, The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, The Bank of Jamaica and the EXIM Bank.

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, 2018

Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Awarded: Honourary Doctor of Public Policy, Honoris Causa

Congresswoman Yvette Diane Clarke is a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from New York. A Brooklyn native and proud of her Jamaican heritage, she succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Council Member Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the City Council.

As an activist, a community organizer and now as a legislator, Congresswoman Clarke’s boldness, compassion and love for the people has allowed her to become an effective leader and an outspoken advocate on numerous issues of great importance to her constituents.

As the representative of the Ninth Congressional District of New York, she has dedicated herself to continuing the legacy of excellence established by the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman and Caribbean American elected to Congress.