(CMC) – Guyana’s internationally renowned musician, Eddie Grant, is among four people who will receive honorary doctorates from University of Guyana (UG) on Saturday.
The UG said it is the first time in its history that it will confer honorary doctorate degrees on the four outstanding Guyanese at the 52nd Convocation to be held at its Turkeyen campus.
Apart from Grant, the Doctor of Letters (DLitt) will be conferred on Yesu Persaud for iconic leadership in business and banking; Jairaj (Jay) Sobhraj for excellence in entrepreneurship and philanthropy and Laura George for outstanding community development and advocacy.
“The recognition of individuals who have distinguished themselves through their diverse accomplishments and exemplary service with the award of honorary degrees is a University tradition that dates to the middle ages,” said UG Chancellor, Professor Eon Nigel Harris.
“I share the delight of our University of Guyana in initiating these awards. It represents yet another step in the transformative growth of our University,” he added.
UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, said that “this historic conferral is part of the renaissance pursuits of the University, which entails rebuilding and rebranding the University, central to which is celebrating exemplars of excellence in order to inspire young and not-so-young citizens.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to place the spotlight on these four outstanding citizens,” he said.
The honorands will join more than 1,700 students who will graduate from the university on Saturday.