‘Chancellor, I Now Ask The Public Orator’: The Honorary Graduand’s Citation

In 13 ceremonies around the Caribbean, The University of the West Indies will celebrate the achievements of Graduates of the University, with the Chancellor conferring various degrees from Associates to Doctorates to students from around the region and the world.

Dr (later Professor) Mark McWatt, Public Orator-Cave Hill, presents Sir Fred Phillips, in 1989. (Image credit:

Dr (later Professor) Mark McWatt, Public Orator-Cave Hill, presents Sir Fred Phillips, in 1989. (Image credit: “UWI Cave Hill 40 Years: A celebration” 2003)

One of the highlights of the ceremony is the conferment of Honorary Degrees by the UWI Chancellor. At that point in the ceremony, the University Registrar, caps the Chancellor, and calls upon the Public Orator, saying:

Sir, I now ask the Public Orator, to read the Citation for the (Honorary Graduand) whom the Senate and the Council of the University have been pleased to recommend for the award of the degree of Doctor of Laws/Letters/Science, Honoris Causa.

Then stepping forward to the podium the Public Orator caps the Chancellor and begins to read a Citation. Each campus of the UWI has its own Public Orator who prepares and delivers citations at University functions such as graduation and awards ceremonies and convocations. This Citation serves as the formal document of the Graduand’s noble characteristics, distinguished experiences and exhilarating achievements. High quality copies of these Citations are stored at the University Archives, and make for inspirational reading.

This year, the University Archives had the additional honour of assisting the Mona Campus Public Orator, Dr Michael Bucknor, (Senior Lecturer, Department of Literatures in English) in preparing the Citations for the several Graduands that will be conferred at the Mona Campus.  Recorded interviews were held with several graduands in our Digital Media Lab, which will be accessioned and made available in due course. No doubt, these live interviews will inspire future generations as much as the written Citation. These records will testify to the “Tradition of Excellence” that is The UWI.

Public Orator for the Mona Campus, Dr Michael Bucknor, interviews Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, OJ, who will be conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), 2015

Public Orator for the Mona Campus, Dr Michael Bucknor, interviews Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, OJ, who will be conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD), at Presentation Ceremonies, Mona Campus, 2015

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Public Orator for the Mona Campus, Dr Michael Bucknor, interviews Professor Emeritus, Mervyn Morris, who will be conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt), at Presentation Ceremonies, Mona Campus, 2015

Copies of Citations for Honorary Graduands over the years...

Copies of Citations for UWI Honorary Graduands over the years…

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2015!

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2 thoughts on “‘Chancellor, I Now Ask The Public Orator’: The Honorary Graduand’s Citation

  1. UWIMuseum says:

    Reblogged this on UWI Museum and commented:
    Honorary Grads have been part of University of the West Indies (UWI) graduations since 1965 when the Queen Mother was honoured as Chancellor of the University of London to which UWI had previously been connected. Our UWI Archives colleagues have focused on Honorary Graduands during October, when graduations ceremonies are taking place at UWI Campuses across the Caribbean. We’re happy to share this post:

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