UWI Honorary Degree presented to The Mighty Shadow


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Today (October 27, 2018) the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine presented a posthumous honorary degree to Winston Mc Garland Bailey, the Trinidadian calypso icon also known as The Shadow, who recently passed away.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) joins the national community in mourning the passing of Mr. Winston Mc Garland Bailey, The Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific singers/ songwriters. Mr. Bailey was scheduled to be conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa for his contributions as a musical composer at the morning Graduation Ceremony, this Saturday October 27th, 2018 at The UWI St. Augustine. Earlier this year, the award was offered to Mr. Bailey and he graciously accepted the University’s offer for the conferral of the degree. As such, the honorary degree will be presented at Saturday’s ceremony, in special tribute.

In expressing condolences, Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland said, “The country has lost yet another super creative citizen, one who re-energized the calypso and soca world with his unique rhythms, nicely woven into his cleverly crafted commentaries on so many aspects of life and living. I was proud to have witnessed his historic entry into the local arena in 1974 – his timing could not have been better. I am so very sad and disappointed that he passed  before he could collect his Honorary Doctorate scroll himself on Saturday. May he rest in peace.” [. . .]

See full press release at https://sta.uwi.edu/news/releases/release.asp?id=21850

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