Dominican playwright, theatre director, actor, artist, carnival organizer and cultural activist, Alwin Bully has been honoured by his Alma Mater, the University of the West Indies, for his contribution to Caribbean society.
Over the weekend, the Chancellor of UWI, Sir George Alleyne, conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa. This took place at the graduation ceremony of the Open Campus of UWI, held at St. John’s, Antigua on Saturday. Also receiving a similar honour was Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of St. Lucia.
Public Orator of the Open Campus, Dr. Francis Severin, in outlining Dr. Bully’s contributions before the two thousand persons gathered at the ceremony, described him as one of Dominica’s and the region’s finest cultural icons.
Another prominent Dominican receiving a degree that day was calypsonian, Gregory Brian Riviere, better known by his stage name ‘Caresser’, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences. Riviere was among 27 Dominican graduants from the Open Campus. Also attending the ceremony in both an academic and state capacity was the President of Dominica, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool, former law professor at UWI.