The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced that it will still go ahead and confer an honorary doctorate to Winston Mc Garland Bailey, also known as The Mighty Shadow, posthumously later this week.
In a release moments ago as it joined the rest of the community in mourning his death earlier today, UWI described Bailey as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific singers/ songwriters.
It said Bailey, 77, was scheduled to be conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, for his contributions as a musical composer at Saturday’s graduation ceremony at the St Augustine campus.
In noted, however, that the degree will now be presented in special tribute to him.
In expressing condolences to Bailey’s family and friends, campus principal, Professor Brian Copeland, said, “The country has lost yet another super creative citizen, one who re-energised 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.”
Graduation ceremonies are scheduled to kick off on Thursday at UWI SPEC.
Four other distinguished persons will be awarded honorary degrees as follows:
• Paula Lucie-Smith from Trinidad and Tobago for her contributions as a teacher, advocate and pioneer – LLD
• Professor Dermot Kelleher from Ireland for his work in research and medicine – DSc
• Honourable Hubert Ingraham from The Bahamas for his work as a politician – LLD
• Shivnarine Chanderpaul from Guyana for his achievements in the sport of cricket – LLD