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Usain Bolt Received Doctorate From UWI, Students React

The accolades keep pouring in for the world fastest man Usian Bolt.

The Jamaican triple world record holder was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the University of the West Indies Mona in Kingston.

The institution cite Bolt’s “athletic prowess” and his “contribution to regional advancement.”

The 25-year-old sprinter will now be referred to as Dr. The Honourable Ambassador Usain Bolt.

Despite the phenomenal achievements by the man considered to be the fastest human alive, students at UWI does not share the same enthusiasm as the institution.

“I must say that in all my life this is indeed the first time I have ever been embarrassed to be a student of the UWI Mona. Giving Bolt such an honour is indeed an act of stupidity beyond normal proportions to say the least,” one student allegedly said. “Sorry but Usain Bolt being given a doctorate makes a mockery of the entire tertiary education system,” said another.

Do you think Usain Bolt deserve to be honored with an Honorary Doctor of Law (LLD).

 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001151770495 Stacy-Ann Baljoy

    if he went to school do the work studed hard like everone else yes but if he didn’t then he don’t deserve it I don’t care if hes the fastes man alive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001116132747 Shari Holness Goodwill

    sometimes things come easy to people who are exposed to fame however if he had his dedication and all hell yeah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=733610219 Brian Roye

    I am sorry but this is really pushing it too far….Students invest a lot of time studying and making financial investments into their education and to just see such a honourable degree just handed to Usain is total disrespect to such students….I strongly disagree with Usain being “handed” this degree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778630642 André Sean Marriott-Blake

    While no one belittles Usain Bolt’s contribution to brand Jamaica and brand caribbean for that matter, I for one am not in agreement with this conferment. He has already received a plethora of duly deserved awards and accolades, including Jamaica’s fourth highest honour—the Order of Jamaica. When I think how we at UWI invest many years and money into studying to get a a plain first degree while this gentleman (who has been blessed with the talent of running a second or two faster than the average human) is given an honorary doctorate by virtue of his athletic prowess, to me it is watering down the value placed on higher learning. As a student in the faculty of law I will leave UWI after 3 years and US $30k later with a bachelors of law degree, while usain–who as far as I know have never attended a college or university— is a doctorof laws… can you see how illogical this seems? I take nothing from ‘the Bolt’, the man is a legend and quite frankly if I were being awarded a doctorate or any prestigious award by my country or any notable institution I, like Bolt, would gladly accept. However these national and regional institutions must be mindful of the message that such conferment sends. Quite frankly there are many athletes who have given of themselves in service to their country for several decades and have paved the way for the likes of Bolt yet I don’t hear them being called doctors…give unto caesar what is due to caesar… and do not over do it, lest we send wrong messages to those who have paved the way, those who also are doing well—yet are not highlighted as much, and those to come.

  • James Maxwell

    A sports related degree is okay but Doctor of Laws… WTF

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559340752 Andrea Scarlett

    When I felt the disgust rising in my stomach after having learned of this conferment I was hoping that there was something wrong with me. I cannot even imagine how great achievements in track and field could qualify anyone for a doctoral degree. I am also ashamed of the University of the West Indies. But, I am also confident that this is another case of some plunker coming up with this bright idea that he/she believes will top all other efforts to reward Usain, and a bunch of other idiots without spines just agree and go along to get along. I love Usain Bolt with all my heart, but I am afraid he will never be Dr Bolt for me, unless, of course, he earns it just like all the rest of us, who aspire to that level of qualification, have and must.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770641796 Danai T. Chikukwa

    its called an honorary degree for a reason, its to honor the man for his achievements and marketing the caribbean as a region. This cannot be compared with a normal student’s degree as that is worked for.
    The people who decided Bolt the degree are well educated and know what they are doing, and they were once students aswell!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602700780 George Ellan Looby IV

      Honour should be given in a field related to SPORTS, NOT LAW…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642440391 Dwayne Winston Perally

      Well written George. Mr Danai, would you not agree that every elite individuals in their own field of profession should not be give an honorary degree not related to what they do?? Clearly the western world will make a mockery of the UWI for this and by all means they have the right too.. USAIN BOLT should not hold that status

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770641796 Danai T. Chikukwa

      Dwayne Winston Perally there i accept a degree related to sporting would have been more suiting

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642440391 Dwayne Winston Perally

      Danai T. Chikukwa I was just being fair to the best of society.. Don’t get me wrong,,,im a fan of bolt but im also a fan of allot of people EXAMPLE Tiger Wood,Bill gates and so on. They should all be given a honor like this for their reputation far exceeds Bolt..AT the end of the day you and I along with everyone commenting on this post are all average.. Lets not waste anymore time commenting on this crap..All the best to you Mr Danai

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770641796 Danai T. Chikukwa

    its called an honorary degree for a reason, its to honor the man for his achievements and marketing the caribbean as a region. This cannot be compared with a normal student’s degree as that is worked for.
    The people who decided Bolt the degree are well educated and know what they are doing, and they were once students aswell!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770641796 Danai T. Chikukwa

    its called an honorary degree for a reason, its to honor the man for his achievements and marketing the caribbean as a region. This cannot be compared with a normal student’s degree as that is worked for.
    The people who decided Bolt the degree are well educated and know what they are doing, and they were once students aswell!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770641796 Danai T. Chikukwa

    its called an honorary degree for a reason, its to honor the man for his achievements and marketing the caribbean as a region. This cannot be compared with a normal student’s degree as that is worked for.
    The people who decided Bolt the degree are well educated and know what they are doing, and they were once students aswell!

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  • Timothy Emeka Obi

    You Guys Just Making Noise…The scarcer a thing the more value and the more available a thing the less value… You all got degree and billions all over the world got it too…He is the FASTEST HUMAN ALIVE… You Degree can’t beat that…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002438545036 Calista Whygold

    wow… what madness? I gotta do something amazing, get famous- so I can get it handed to me too! Hope I never have to actually study for my mphil and phd…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002438545036 Calista Whygold

    wow… what madness? I gotta do something amazing, get famous- so I can get it handed to me too! Hope I never have to actually study for my mphil and phd…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601605295 Kerrie Marissa Ramdath

      wow this is complete crap….*shame* . Why UWI ?? Chancellor.. how can you allow this …in law…um so who was smioking ???? the entire academic board????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570242445 Ashaki Dore

    Honorary degrees are often given with the motive of securing large donations for the university, not to celebrate outstanding achievements. Moreover, the university often derives benefits by a$$ociation with the person in question. So it is all a business game! and in the mean time we continue to sacrifice in myriad ways… I guess our contributions are insignificant!

  • The Angry Pope

    MADNESS, THIS IS UTTERLY MADNESS.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000393507507 Kim Snow

    i share the same sentiments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1323079049 Robert Naraine

    Brian Roye i share your view as well. not just for those studying at UWI its an insult to those going for higher education the world over. He has duly recieved his awards in athletics but does not deserve academic exelence awards as well. If this is the case, why is it that those of high academic standards dont recieve honorary acknowledgement from those in the athletic feild?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559340752 Andrea Scarlett

    Believe me Jacqueline. I am so pissed about this. It costed me over £50,000 and many sleepless nights just to get my first degree, and to see that this young man could be handed a doctoral degree just like that, is, as one commentator said, making a mockery of higher education and the people who have worked so hard to earn the right to be called doctors. I just cannot see through this at all. And i am saying that anyone who agrees with this conferment is unquestionably a DUNCE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602700780 Lestat Looby

    Honour should be given in a field related to SPORTS, NOT LAW…