Sir Derek Walcott

One of the finest intellects of the 20th Century Upon the passing of Caribbean literary luminary and Nobel laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, in March 2017, The UWI extended its deep and sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Sir Derek, an alumnus of The UWI Mona Campus, graduated in 1953 and was awarded an honorary degree (DLitt) in 1973. His literary works are known and lauded internationally.

In addition to his personal works, Sir Derek's legacy includes his contributions to literature regionally and internationally. He founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in Port of Spain, and taught writing and literature at Boston University in the United States. A scholarship was established in his name for students enrolled in the Theatre Arts programme at The St. Augustine Campus.

He was one of the finest intellects of the 20th century, a globally respected alumnus of The UWI, one who exemplified the very ethos this university holds dear.

The UWI acknowledges and respects his contributions to regional literature, art, and discourse.