Antigua and Barbuda will once again celebrate the achievements of graduands of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus in a grand Presentation of Graduates Ceremony to be held at The St. John’s Pentecostal Church (SJPC), House of Restoration Ministries, Launchland, Benjamin Drive, Woods Estate, St. John’s.
This 7th Presentation of Graduates Ceremony of The UWI Open Campus will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Six hundred and fifty (650) students (534 undergraduates and 116 postgraduates) will officially graduate from the Open Campus with degrees, certificates and diplomas in a wide range of subject areas.
This year’s Presentation of Graduates Ceremony will see over 150 of these graduands from across the Caribbean gathering together in the presence of Heads of State and Government, the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, members of the University’s Executive Management, other highly placed University and government officials, as well as family and friends, to receive their formal academic qualifications.
The official ceremony will begin at precisely 4:00 p.m., preceded by the Graduands, Academic and Chancellor’s processions. The public is invited to share in the momentous occasion via live online streaming on the Open Campus’s website at www.open.uwi.edu .
This year, The UWI Open Campus will confer an Honorary Doctorate on a citizen from The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Her Excellency Angela Missouri Sherman-Peter. Currently the CARICOM Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Ambassador Sherman-Peter has an outstanding and distinguished career as a diplomat, provides singular service to The University of
the West Indies, and is a respected senior government representative in her country, The Bahamas.
With more than 38 years of experience in diplomacy, public service, international organisations and executive management, her leadership positions have included Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Special Envoy; Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly; High Commissioner and Consul General – to name just a few. She also served as Assistant Director/Special Adviser in the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London from 1994-1997.
Her Excellency Angela Missouri Sherman-Peter holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Arts in History (Special Honours) from The University of the West Indies. Her specialty areas include crime prevention and criminal justice with a focus on international narcotics control and gender affairs. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Pelican Award from The UWI Alumni Association – New York Chapter, in recognition of her outstanding career and accomplishments in diplomacy and public service.
The Valedictorian for this year is Ms Nadesha Edwards, who will be graduating with First Class Honours from the Open Campus’s BEd Early Childhood Development and Family Studies programme.
Ms. Edwards is an Elementary School Teacher from Jamaica with over 12 years of experience working with students from diverse nationalities in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. In addition to teaching, Ms. Edwards is also involved in the mentoring and development of young people and is an avid lover of track and field. As is customary, Ms. Edwards will deliver the Valedictory Speech on behalf of her colleagues from across the region.
After the official Presentation Ceremony, the new graduates and their guests will celebrate their academic achievements at an official reception hosted by the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda.