Brock University honours Sir Hilary
PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR and principal of UWI Cave Hill campus, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has been awarded a fourth honorary doctorate – this latest coming from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. The honorary doctorate of laws was presented at Brock’s Spring convocation on June 5.
Brock, which is marking its 50th anniversary, noted that Sir Hilary has distinguished himself in a multifaceted academic career and through his public engagement.
“An accomplished scholar, leader, cricket writer, playwright, university administrator, Sir Hilary is one of the most respected scholars of Caribbean history in the world,” orator Behnaz Mirzai noted in the citation. “He is a leader with diverse experiences, as well as a seasoned administrator in different areas, including his present position [as principal].
“He has seamlessly blended academic concerns within the wider non-academic spheres. His essays and books have generated considerable interest and have earned him a great deal of respect, including major awards. Every one of his works advances the frontier of knowledge.”
In his acceptance speech, Sir Hilary noted: “Brock is a very distinguished university with an enviable record of research and applied commercial engagement, and in many ways serves as a role model for the Cave Hill Campus. It is interesting that the person after whom your university is named, General Sir Isaac Brock, while serving in the British army was stationed at the Garrison in Barbados in 1812. It is an honour to be a part of this history, and to be recognized by your fine institution and the excellence it represents.” (PR)