UWI to celebrate Shadow Saturday

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


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