KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) is to confer African-American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke with an Honorary Doctorate in Public Policy.
According to a release from the university, Clarke who is of Jamaican heritage will be conferred on July 22 when she delivers her keynote address to the class of 2018 in the National Arena.
The theme of the commencement ceremony is 'A Purpose to Fulfil: A Destiny to Embrace”, where Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, will also address the 700 graduates.
Clarke who represents the (NY-09) Ninth Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, is the sixth Jamaican or American of Jamaican heritage, to be so honoured by the university.
Previous honourees include Professor Errol Morrison, former UTechPresident; Bruce Bowen, former President and CEO of the Scotiabank Group Jamaica; Richard Byles, former President and CEO of the Sagicor Group; Professor Henry Lowe, Executive Chairman of the Environmental Health Foundation of Jamaica; and Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, Chairman and CEO of the Continental Baking Company Limited.
The university said that as an advocate, a community organiser, and now legislator, Clarke's boldness, compassion and love for the people has allowed her to become an effective leader and an outspoken advocate concerning numerous issues of great importance to her constituents.
“We are most honoured to welcome Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke to our university to receive this well-deserved award. I know her address to the Class of 2018 will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on our graduates,” said Dr Winston Adams, UCC's Founder and group executive chairman.