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Financial constraints force UWI Mona to downscale graduation

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Correction & Clarification

In this story headlined 'Financial constraints force UWI, Mona, to downscale graduation', it was stated that the annual hosting of graduates was cancelled in light of financial challenges.

However, the function that was cancelled was the hosting of honorary graduands, not enrolled students. We regret the error.


FACED WITH financial challenges, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, this year scaled down the usual pageantry that colours its annual graduation ceremony.

Georgia Anderson, assistant registrar at the institution, told graduates yesterday that some of the fanfare associated with the graduation ceremonies was reduced because of cuts in the UWI's budget.

"We chose not to print graduation packages as the cost of producing packages is about $5.5 million, so we saved back on that," she explained.

The annual hosting of grad-uates, an event many of the graduating classes looked forward to, was also shelved to make ends meet.

Families and friends packed Assembly Hall, The Undercroft and a large tent installed for the occasion, to witness their loved ones being presented with their degrees and certificates.

The ceremonies took place on Friday and Saturday and were divided into three segments.

Friday evening's proceedings were devoted to graduates from the faculties of Humanities and Education and Law. Saturday morning celebrated graduates from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, as well as those from the Medical Sciences. Saturday evening's ceremony was reserved for the largest faculty, Social Sciences.


At this year's ceremonies, the UWI conferred honorary doctor-ates on six accomplished Jamaicans. They are: Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh, Doctor of Letters (DLitt); George Ashenheim, Doctor of Laws (LLD); Dr Renn Holness, Doctor of Science (DSc); Dr Knox Hagley, Doctor of Science and Hon William McConnell, Doctor of Laws.