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PM and Former J'can Ambassador to be conferred with NCU Honorary Degrees
Published: Monday, August 6, 2012 10:55:51 AM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, Former Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS), will be conferred with honorary degrees by Northern Caribbean University (NCU) on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the institution’s main campus in Mandeville. 

The Seventh-day Adventist owned and operated institution will confer the prestigious Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, on the Prime Minister who will also deliver the first commencement address. 

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Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller

Mrs. Simpson Miller is Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister and has gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping to build the nation and the Caribbean region. As Prime Minister, she currently has Ministerial oversight for Information, Development, Sport, Women’s Affairs and Defence. The Prime Minister has led many initiatives aimed at promoting and strengthening urban renewal and community development, leading to fundamental reforms in local government and has a distinguished record of service at the regional and international level.  She is an advocate for women’s issues and has several local and international awards and accolades. The Fist Commencement Ceremony is slated to begin at  8:00 a.m. 

At 2:00 p.m. Second Commencement Speaker, Ambassador Audrey P. Marks Marks, will be bestowed with the distinguished Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

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Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, Former Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS)

Ambassador Audrey Marks is Jamaica’s tenth and first female Ambassador to the United States and has led several initiatives and cultivated several partnerships to increase investment and trade between the United States and Jamaica. She is credited for establishing Paymaster (Jamaica) Limited – the Caribbean’s first multi-transaction agency and is renowned for her pioneering work, entrepreneurial endeavours and commitment to social causes.

Each year Northern Caribbean identifies persons who have contributed significantly to the development of their country and people and recognizes this contribution by conferring on them the institution’s honorary doctoral degrees.  Graduation at NCU occurs over three days culminating in the Commencement on the final day.  The Graduation 2012 Exercises will run from August 10 – 12, in which new professionals and entrepreneurs, will enter the workforce with bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from NCU. 

 

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