NCU to confer Honorary Doctoral Degree on Retired Politician and Medical Doctor
Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:49:01 PM

Northern 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.   

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Dr. Neville Gallimore


Dr. 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 (GSAT).


Dr. Gallimore, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, has been a strong supporter of many community-building programmes, especially those related to education.


Evidence 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.


The 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.


In 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.


Each 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.


Graduation 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 NCU.

The graduation exercises will broadcast live on NCU FM (91.1), NCU TV (Flow, channel 188) and on the internet at



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