UCC News & Updates
UCC SALUTES BERNARD BENSON - PHILANTHROPIST AND HUMANITARIAN
Many students of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) have been the beneficiaries of the kind support of philanthropist and humanitarian Bernard Benson. Mr. Benson was presented with a special Humanitarian Leadership Award at the 2020/2021 Commencement Ceremony.
Bernard Benson distinguished himself as a senior executive of the celebrated US-based firm of financial advisors, Merrill Lynch, Minneapolis, Minnesota private client group and was listed as one of the top thirty financial advisors in the USA by RJ Shook, “The Winner’s Circle” in 2002 and named one of America’s top brokers by “Registers Rep” magazine that same year.
GORDON “ BUTCH” STEWART, OJ, CD, - DOCTORATE, HONORIS CAUSA (POSTHUMOUSLY), BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Hon. Gordon Arthur Cyril “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, was known throughout Jamaica, the Caribbean and internationally as the consummate marketer.
Hotelier, businessman, entrepreneur, he was founder/owner and chairman of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International. He was also founder/owner and chairman of Sandals as well as the ATL Group and its subsidiaries, Appliance Traders and the Jamaica Observer - influential entities on the Jamaican business landscape.
“Butch” as he was affectionately called by all, was a visionary and dynamic leader whose pioneering influence led to the advancement of the hospitality industry in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Thanks UCC, I feel Blessed – Dr. Street Forrest
It’s official, Dr. Marlene Street Forrest, CD, JP, Phd (Hon). The affable Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) was conferred with the honorary doctoral degree in Public Policy at the virtual 2020/2021 Commencement Ceremony of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) on July 18, 2021, and she is elated.
Marlene Street Forrest CD, JP - Doctorate, Honoris Causa, Public Policy
Marlene J. Street Forrest, CD, JP, is an exemplary leader who has blazed a trail of firsts and extraordinary achievements for Jamaica in the complex and intricate world of stock market exchanges.
This proud native of Port Antonio serves as Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) guiding the realization of its vision of facilitating growth and development of the company and the Jamaican economy by allowing for the mobilization, exchange and expansion of capital, while providing a return on equity that is acceptable to shareholders.
WE HAVE LOTS TO CELEBRATE – Dr. Winston Adams
The UCC Group has a lot to celebrate notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic and challenges being faced in academia, business and other sectors worldwide.
That’s the message delivered by Founder & Group Executive Chairman, Dr. Winston Adams at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s joint 2020 and 2021 virtual Commencement Ceremony on July 18, 2021.
Addressing graduates and guests at the ceremony, Dr. Adams said that in addition to “applauding the landmark achievements of UCC students who have worked extremely hard, surmounting the challenges of online learning mandated by the virus, the Group is also celebrating its expansion, contribution to the growth and development of Jamaica and the Commonwealth.”