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UWI’s First Graduates

Did you ever wonder who were the very first students and graduates at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – then the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) ?

A NAKED FACE CLOTHED, 55 YEARS AGO

Did you know that when the iconic University Chapel first opened its doors in 1959, its front face was naked of adornment? Just the rawly reconstructed limestone blocks and the huge double doors.
Princess Alice visits the UCWI Chemistry Department with Department Head Leonard Haynes and guest. Photo courtesy of Prof Robert Lancashire

FIRST PELICAN

Pete the Pelican has become an unofficial symbol of the UWI and the label ‘Pelicans’ has started to attach to a lot of teams at the university. But the first promotional use of the university’s crest seems to date back to February 1951, when the students of the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) attached the name to their new student publication.

CARIB CIV!

Did you attend the University of the West Indies (UWI) – or teach there – anytime in the last couple decades? There’s a good chance that you came in contact with a foundation course called Caribbean Civilizations.

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