The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona recognised Usain Bolt as one of five Caribbean icons at its Graduation ceremonies November 4 and 5. The track star along with Ms. Minna Israel, Mr. Earl Jarrett received the Honorary Doctor of Laws ( LLD) while Professor Lenworth Jacobs and Dr. Erna Brodber will receive the Doctor of Sciences (DSc) and Doctor of Letters (DLitt) respectively.
On Friday November 4 at 5:30 pm The Honourable Usain Bolt and Dr. Erna Brodber, was conferred with honorary degrees along with graduates from the Faculties of Humanities and Education and Pure and Applied Sciences.
The Hon. Usain Bolt is an outstanding Jamaican sprinter known for his amazing performance in men’s athletics. He won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events and set new world records at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and at the 2009 World Championships. Among his many accolades is his induction into the society of the Order of Jamaica (OJ) (2009), by the Government of Jamaica, for outstanding distinction in the field of Sports; and in 2008, he also received the National Honour, the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for outstanding service to Jamaica. In 2009, Bolt was also conferred with the diplomatic title ‘Ambassador-at-Large’.
Internationally, Bolt was voted the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year (2009, 2008) and is a candidate for the 2011 award.
Bolt, who was unbeaten for the 2011 season is the defending Olympic champion for the 100 and 200 metres and is the record holder for both events.