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PM Simpson Miller to receive honorary doctorate from US college

Published:Monday | March 24, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is to deliver the commencement address at the Lafayette College in the US, where she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

The 179th commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 24.

A statement from the co-educational private institution noted that from modest beginnings, Simpson Miller has become an inspiration to many, in Jamaica and elsewhere.

Simpson Miller has been singled out for her commitment and leadership in the areas of human rights, non-discrimination, workers’ rights, and social justice.

The college says the Prime Minister’s visit will provide the opportunity for discussion about ways in which Jamaica’s quest to develop its economy might lead to new opportunities for Lafayette students in Jamaica.

Lafayette College counts six Jamaicans among its alumni since 1997.

In recognition of Simpson Miller’s commencement address, the college says it is exploring the possibility of creating an endowed scholarship fund to enroll future students from Jamaica.

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