The University of the West Indies will host various activities as it celebrates its seventieth anniversary across the region under the theme “70 years of Service and Leadership.”
As part of its celebrations the institution will host its 10th Presentation of Graduates Ceremony of The UWI Open Campus, of which Dominican teacher, Kirk Edwards has been chosen as Valedictorian of the graduating class after completing his Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Mathematics Education degree with First Class Honors.
In an Interview with Dominica Vibes, Head of the UWI Open Campus Kimone Joseph stated that Edwards will be one of seven hundred and three students who will be honored at this graduation.
“The University of West Indies Open Campus will hold it’s 10th graduation ceremony this weekend the 13th of October 2018, and during that ceremony, all the graduating students from all the programs will be receiving their recognition during that ceremony,” said Miss Joseph.
“Some 703 students are qualified for that ceremony, and among them is Mr. Kirk Edwards. Kirk is a Dominican and Kirk has been given the distinct honor of being the valedictorian for the entire UWI Open Campus. And that encompasses the 60 English speaking territories of the Caribbean. So out of the 44 sites in those 60 countries where the UWI Open Campus operates, Kirk Edwards will be the Valedictorian of that graduating class,” she noted.
Edwards will deliver remarks at the Presentation of Graduates Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, 13 October, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Royalton St. Lucia Resort and Spa, Cap Estate, in St. Lucia.
Joseph went on to add that although many activities were planned by the Dominica Campus, many of those activities had to be cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Maria.
She noted however that they were able to carry out two of their major events, which proved to be a success.
Joseph noted that a wide range of events in terms of the 70th Anniversary of the University of the West Indies and the 10th Anniversary of the Open Campus in particular were planned, adding that “these are wide ranging from the 4 campuses themselves and within the Open campus the 44 sites have planned different things.”
“For us in Dominica although we have been planning to do major activities over the course of the year we have had to slim those things after the realities of Hurricane Maria. So we have done 2 major events that were regarded as anniversary events,” Joseph stated.
“So on the 2nd of October we celebrated with our Alumni Cocktail events and that was in an effort to raise funds for the Bernard Dinard Memorial Scholarship Fund and on the 4th the Cultural Division by putting on the 6th E.O Leblanc Lecture and that lecture was delivered by Dr. Lennox Honeychurch and the topic was resilience and traditional architecture, that was very well attended as well and it was a tremendous success,” Joseph went on to add.
UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally.
It offers undergraduate, and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.
Its seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.
As the regional institution commemorates its 70th anniversary milestone, it will celebrate its students, faculty, administrators, alumni, governments, and partners in the public and private sector.
The anniversary commemoration will focus on reflection as well as projection for the future with an emphasis on social justice and the economic transformation of the region.