Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Rihanna not able to accept honorary doctorate from UWI

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has released new information regarding the award of an honorary doctorate to Barbadian singer, Rihanna.  

She was listed as one of three to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Cave Hill Campus in a ceremony on October 20. A statement from the UWI states that Rihanna, unfortunately, will not be able to receive the award.   

"While Ms. Fenty was among a list of eligible candidates approved for receiving the university’s highest honour, her management conveyed that she was unable to commit to receiving the honorary degree this year because of scheduling commitments."

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"This information was communicated to The University of the West Indies several weeks ago and management at The UWI Cave Hill campus, where the award would have been conferred, was aware of Ms Fenty’s inability to accept the award on this occasion." 

The statement went onto say in April, 21 persons, including Fenty, were approved to be awarded honorary degrees for the University’s 2018 ceremonies and this was subject to their willingness to accept and be present at the respective graduation ceremonies at each of The UWI’s four campuses.  

As of such, the confirmed list of Honorary Graduands has since been revised to 17 based on the responses from these two criteria. 


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