Caribbean University (NCU) will confer the prestigious Doctor of Laws Degree,
honoris causa, on former
Member of Parliament and former Minister of Education, Neville Eden Gallimore, CD, JP, MD, LLD (HON.).
The conferral will take
place on the final day of Northern Caribbean University’s Graduation Exercises
at the main campus in Mandeville on August 15, 2010. Dr. Neville Gallimore is
also the first commencement speaker of the ceremony.
Dr. Neville Gallimore
Neville Gallimore, a successful medical doctor, has enjoyed a distinguished
career in public service as a Member of Parliament for South West St. Ann, a
stint that spanned over 30 years. His
political career started in 1967, which at that time made him the youngest
Member of Parliament in Jamaica.
During that time he served as Parliamentary
Secretary for Foreign Affairs (1969-1972), Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs and Foreign Trade (1980-1984), Minister of Education (1986-1989), and
Minister of Social Security (1984-1986) – the post in which he initiated the
Food Stamp Programme.
As a former Minister of Education, he
instituted the University Council of Jamaica and the National Assessment
Programme, a precursor to the the phasing out of the Common Entrance
Examinations, which led to the establishment of the Grade Six Achievement Test
Gallimore, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, has been a strong supporter of many
community-building programmes, especially those related to education.
of this support comes from the Gallimore Scholarship Fund, established here at
NCU in partnership with other family members.
Another indicator is the Aboukir High School & Institute, which he
co-founded in 1968 and now serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors.
influence wielded by Dr. Gallimore caught not only local attention, which
earned him the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD), bestowed on him by
the Jamaican Government in October 1987, but also international attention as,
he was conferred with the Order of the Nation by the Columbian Government, one
of the nation’s highest honours.
1987 Andrews University awarded Dr. Gallimore an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree
(LLD (Hon.)) in recognition of his international achievements and his
contribution to world peace. Additionally, in 1989 the Pacific Union College
named him as an Honoured Alumnus.
year Northern Caribbean identifies persons who have contributed significantly
to the development of their country and recognizes this contribution by
conferring on them the institution’s honorary doctoral degree. In the year 2010, Dr. Neville Gallimore is
one of two such persons that the university’s leadership desires to honour in
this way. The university will also confer the honorary Doctor of Laws degree on
Second Commencement speaker, Mr. Lars Houmann, who is the president and CEO of
Florida Hospital and president of the Florida Division Adventist Health System
in the United States.
at NCU occurs over three days culminating in the Commencement on the final
day. The Graduation 2010 exercises will
run from August 13-15, in which over 1000 new professionals and entrepreneurs,
will enter the workforce with bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees from
graduation exercises will broadcast live on NCU FM (91.1), NCU TV (Flow, channel
188) and on the internet at www.ncumedia.com.