Rhianna Mc Kenzie
Media veterans Jones P Madeira and Dominic Kalipersad were among four honorary graduates from the University of Trinidad and Tobago for 2021.
In a statement, the university said it awarded all four degrees at its 2021 graduation ceremony on September 17. The service was held at the official residence of President Paula-Mae Weekes.
The other recipients were Ferdinand Ferreira and Wendell Mottley, who both received honorary doctorates in human letters, madeira and kalipersad received honorary doctorates in letters.
The statement read: “As a national university, UTT recognizes the useful contributions (of graduates) in the fields of journalism and political activism.”
He said two of the 2020 honorees, Edward Hart and L Anthony Watkins, were also officially conferred at the ceremony. They were awarded honorary doctorates in human letters and in law respectively.
“The UTT 2021 virtual graduation exercises will see more than 1,700 graduates receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, arts, sports and education, among other offerings from dynamic programs.
The university will also award nine doctorates in sports studies, education, environmental engineering, entrepreneurship and business studies, and cultural studies.
In 2014, Madeira became editor-in-chief and then executive editorial consultant at TT Newsday.
His career began in 1963, at age 19, as a trainee journalist at the Guardian. In September 1971, at age 26, he accepted a training grant to the BBC, an organization he admired from his childhood.
He was Media Relations Advisor at the Caricom Secretariat in Georgetown from 1976 to 1981.
Since then he has held a number of positions including Editor-in-Chief of TT Guardian, Chief Information Officer at TTT, and Board Member of the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG).
He received a national award, the Chaconia Medal (gold), for public service and journalism.