Jamaica: Adventist University Honors
Prime Minister With Honorary Degree
Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s prime minister, received a honorary degree from Northern Caribbean University (NCU) during its 2012 commencement exercises at its main campus in Mandeville, Jamaica.
HONORED: The Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, receives an Honorary Doctor of Public
Service degree from Trevor Gardner, President of Adventist Church-operated Northern Caribbean University, during
commencement exercises on August 12. The university is located in Mandeville.The prime minister received an honorary doctorate of public service during the first commencement exercise, at which she was the main speaker.
“I thank you for conferring upon me the honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, which I accept with humility and dedicate to the people of Jamaica, to whom I have dedicated most of my life.”
She added, “The Bible says that a city set upon a hill cannot be hidden, and NCU, formerly West Indies College, has been lit in a bright, shiny educational beacon that has more than 100 years of contribution in education.”
The prime minister also used the opportunity to praise the Adventist Church for its contribution to nation building.
“I extend the appreciation of a grateful nation to the Seventh-day Adventist Church with its more than a quarter million members in Jamaica for your sterling contribution to the spiritual, educational, economic, and social development of our people and our nation.”
As she addressed the more than 500 graduates assembled, the prime minister challenged them not to forget their parents as they climb the ladder of success. “I commend those mothers and fathers who would forgo the church hat or a new dress or new furnishing to ensure your education. You must never forget their contribution in ensuring that you are here today,” said Simpson Miller.
Her Excellency Audrey Marks, former ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America, was the second commencement speaker and was also given an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.
—reported by Nigel Coke, Inter-American Division