The distinction is expected to be made at the institution’s Fall 2012 commencement ceremony address under the theme “Integrity: the Language of Leadership”. The ceremony will take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Downtown Kingston next Thursday.
According to an article in the 3 November Gleaner, “Mr. Bush will be recognised for his years of public service to the people of the Cayman Islands, his efforts in improving the lives of Jamaicans in Cayman through deliberate policy thrusts and his continued efforts in improving the relationship between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.”
In announcing the decision to confer the degree, UCC singled out what it termed “the politically risky, but principled decisions which Bush has made to improve the standing of many expatriates in Cayman, including a number of Jamaicans who have lived, loved and worked in the neighbouring British territory for years, contributing to its development”.
In a release, the university said it was referring to “the controversial, but far-reaching decision by Mr. Bush’s government in 2003 to grant citizenship to some 3,000 long-term expatriates who had contributed significantly to that country and had established roots, but who faced an uncertain future”.
The UCC board also noted Mr. Bush’s status as the Cayman Island’s longest-serving legislator, which has earned him the moniker ‘Father of the House’ having served in the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands since 1984.