Alwin Bully receives UWI doctorate

Bully following the award of his honorarary doctorate by UWI

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.

Honorary doctorates Dr. Dame Pearlette Louisy and Dr. Alwin Bully (in red gowns) pose with Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Dame Louise Lake-Tack, and senior UWI members after the ceremony


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  1. Lilieth Nelson
    October 21, 2011

    Congratulations Alwyn. Proud of you.

  2. October 20, 2011

    Feliciations! Alywn so happy for you
    Jennifer and Philippe

  3. Ann E. Riviere
    October 20, 2011

    Congratulations Alwyn on your wonderful achievement.

  4. Errol
    October 19, 2011

    Congratulations dear friend, I think that you are truly deserving of this award.

    May your Dominican Flag be unfurled high from the tallest stipple and in every Dominican’s home, acknowledging, just one of your many achievements.
    May our Dear Lord keep you in his loving care always.

  5. October 19, 2011

    Alwin is closer to the Caribbean history he helped put in perspective while at UNESCO. Does anybody know that Alwin Bully’s play, The Ruler, instigated Maurice Bishop to overrule the ruler in Grenada and became one himself?
    I carried Alwins play and handed it over to Bishop in January 1978. I wonder what else he has for us to initiate changes in this great part of the world.

  6. Margaret Benjamin
    October 17, 2011

    Congratulations Mr. Bully. May God continue to shine his light of success on you. From my family to you and yours.

  7. eyeofhorus
    October 17, 2011

    free masons are true citizens so they have true success .. muhaaahahahahahaha (evil laugh)

  8. tactical
    October 17, 2011


  9. melda
    October 17, 2011

    for your information, Raymond holds a Masters in communication. he had a fullbright scholarship and studied in the US. So know your dog’s place and your cat’s position.Congratulations are in order to Alwin much felecitations, my brother. I think too that all members of taff of the cultural division past and present,deserve commendation for their tirelss work towards the development of DA. You have no idea what theses staff members go through to make Dominicans look good through culture. Pearle, Earle, Noreen,Jacinta. God Bless them all.

  10. Anonymous
    October 17, 2011

    for your information, Raymond has a masters in communication. he received a fullbright scholarship. so know your dog’s place,and your cat’s position.
    Conratulations are also in order, to Alwin. There is more bigger things for the cultural division staff, past and present. They are all sao humbly workin for the development of DA.

  11. Proud of you
    October 17, 2011

    Continue to make us Dominicans proud Mr. Bully. You’re the man!!!

  12. Mr. Jefferson
    October 17, 2011

    Another Dominican who graduated on that day was Miss Dana Delsol of La Redoute, Loubiere – I know her as “Marla Gibbs” from our days of watching the “Jeffersons”. Congrats Dana. You must be justifiably proud of your achievements. Go for the next one. From all of us from that area of Loubiere (Lauwoodoute)

  13. Anonymous
    October 17, 2011

    Dr. Bully well deserved !!! Congrats.

    October 17, 2011

    I am only hoping that UWI requires these prominent people to write a “THESIS” in their field of work before conferring the Doctorate. Congrats, Dr. Bully.

    • G.I Joe
      October 17, 2011

      Unless the thesis is designed as an educational tool for the benefit of those that follow, I see no reason for it. The man’s work over the years speaks louder than any thesis he could ever write. He does not need to justify his most recent accomlishment.

        October 17, 2011

        It is intended for three reasons:

        1. as an educational tool for the benefit of those to follow

        2. to be documented in the archives of UWI

        3. to fulfill a university requisite before conferring the doctorate

    • my take
      October 17, 2011

      To DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE: Did you read the article? If you did, then obviously you did not comprehend what was therein. An honorary degree was conferred on Alwin, what thesis do you want him to write?

      When the Mighty Sparrow (the Birdie) got an honorary degree from UWI, do you think that he too ought to have written a thesis?

      Why is it that we like to belittle our own instead of praising them? Why????

      Well deserved Alwin, congratulations are in order to you for your unwavering dedication and commitment to culture through the years, both at home and with UNESCO.

        October 17, 2011

        I was not belittling anybody, Sir. I just think that writing a Thesis should be a requirement before conferring a Doctorate on anybody irrespective of whether his or her works speak volumes. Sparrow should have been asked to write a thesis as well before conferring a Doctorate on him.

      • G.I Joe
        October 17, 2011

        You are correct. This is a requirement for an academic degree. I don’t know of any university that requires a thesis for an honourary degree. That would completely defeat the purpose. These degrees are granted in recognition of excellence over an extended period of time.

    • Conscious
      October 17, 2011

      For your information, De Caribbean Change,the degree is a honorary degree. It is not given in fulfillment of the submission of a thesis.

  15. Remember the Bible
    October 17, 2011

    Congratulations Dr. Bully you have made some valuable contributions to Dominica’s culture!! You deserve to be recognized for it!

  16. Just Saying
    October 17, 2011


    Dr, Bully You define the true meaning of PATRIOTISM AND INTEGRITY!

  17. Anonymous
    October 17, 2011


  18. Whale Watcher!!
    October 17, 2011

    Dr. Bully. Congratulations!!! I truly believe you are a great Dominican. Humble and true. I totally admire your passion and humility.

    Blessing to you.

  19. G.I Joe
    October 17, 2011

    Congrats Dr. Bully

  20. Vanessa W B
    October 17, 2011

    Congratulations. Well deserved!

  21. Cyril Volney
    October 17, 2011

    Congratulations Dr Bully. Well deserved.

  22. Debull
    October 17, 2011

    Big Up!!!! Nuff Love,Congrats….

  23. No reparations
    October 17, 2011

    Honorary doctorates? Is that so…..

    Ummm, where can I buy one? I’m also searching for an honorary board pass so that I may practice law, are those up for grabs as well?

  24. Humanist
    October 17, 2011

    What wonderful news! Dr. Bully is unquestionably one of the most comitted patriots we have, a man who is patriotic in all the right (as opposed to the overzealous) ways, a man whose work we should all be glad for and proud of.

    • Eve
      October 17, 2011

      What do you mean!We have people who are just as good or even better what of Raymond Lawrence and others who have stayed here to see the art form remain and continue to move up tothe next level

      • G.I Joe
        October 17, 2011

        How does Alwayn Bully being “ONE of the most committed” take away from Raymond Lawrence’s contributions?

        If allu comprehension skill are lacking, keep allu mouths shut lest you make a fool of yourselves. Gosh darn!!

        October 17, 2011

        The Big RL never went to college. Bottom line.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2011

      Of a Truth Dat!!

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