Dr. Lennox Honychurch, a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Mr. Adrian Augier, a citizen of Saint Lucia, will be receiving honorary doctorates from the UWI Open Campus when the official graduation ceremony is held in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort in Frigate Bay on Saturday, October 13, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Honychurch and Mr. Augier have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and public service in their respective countries and across the Caribbean region.
Mr. Augier is a consultant in economic development and the creative industries. He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1982 and the Master of Arts in Development Finance & Planning (with Distinction) at the American University, Washington D.C. in 1990.
A decorated Caribbean cultural icon, Mr. Augier counts among his numerous awards the 2010 Caribbean Laureate for Arts and Letters at The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence. Mr. Augier was also the recipient of the 2009 Caribbean Cacique for Development and Integration of the Caribbean Theatre, National Drama Association of Trinidad & Tobago and the Minvielle and Chastanet Fine Arts Awards Council for the Literary Arts in 1980, 1981, 1991, 1994 and the Visual Arts in 1992.
His ties to the University of the West Indies run deep and he was one of the eminent Caribbean creative scholars and artists chosen to participate in the 2000-2003 Sir Phillip Sherlock Scholars and Artists programme under the former School of Continuing Studies, now a part of the UWI Open Campus. Sherlock Scholars and Artists in Residence, like Mr. Augier, had the opportunity to pursue their own intellectual and creative work and to make specific intellectual and cultural contributions to community through workshops, seminars, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, or clinics. Mr. Augier was based in the British Virgin Islands during his time in the programme.
Dr. Honychurch, a historian, anthropologist, environmentalist, designer, costume-builder, archaeologist and academic, holds the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Anthropology (1998) and the Master of Philosophy degree in Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, both from St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford., In 1995, he was awarded a distinction for the Master of Philosophy Degree and the St. Hugh’s College Examination Prize. In 1987, he was awarded the Sisserou medal for meritorious service to Dominica. In 2011, he won The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence.
Dr. Honychurch has always been very closely associated with the University of the West Indies, whether as Staff Tutor (a post associated with the former School of Continuing Studies), or in an advisory capacity. He was an Honorary Research Fellow at the UWI, as well as the Open Campus’s first Distinguished Lecturer on its cruise and learn initiative, the sailing of the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship in 2011, dedicated to the culture, flora and fauna of the region.
This is the fourth year that the Open Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) will hold its graduation ceremony in a UWI country without a traditional campus, but which are served by the institution.
At least 720 graduands will be graduating with degrees earned from online, blended and face-to-face delivered programmes offered at over 40 sites in the 16 countries served by the UWI and the Open Campus.
More information on The UWI Open Campus Graduation Ceremony 2012 in St. Kitts is available at our website at www.open.uwi.edu/graduation.