Doctorate awarded posthumously to Hon. AD Hanna by University of the Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas – The University of the Bahamas (UB) has posthumously awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree to the late Hon. Arthur D. Hanna, former Governor General of the Bahamas, Parliamentarian, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education during the institution’s Spring 2022 launch exercise.
UB President and CEO, Dr. Rodney Smith, by virtue of his authority, conferred the honor on Mr. Hanna in recognition of his achievements as Minister of
Education. The presentation was made on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the Atlantis Convention Center. Dr. Faith Butler-Claree, Chair of the Academic Senate, presented the citation for the award.
The deputy. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training
Training, received the honor in the presence of 600 graduates; he the most
Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General; The deputy. Philip Davis, Premier
Minister and Minister of Finance; family, government officials and UB faculty and
In her opening address, she said, “In his political life and until his last breath, our father’s vision was stimulated by his love and devotion to his nation. His vision for national development focused on policies and strategies to ensure the advancement of the Bahamian people and the development of institutions that ensured the primacy of the Bahamian people and culture. The University of the Bahamas was one such institution and was the ultimate goal for the establishment of the College of the Bahamas.
“He saw a nation where national honors were bestowed not by its former colonial masters, but rather those that flowed from the cultural heartbeat of the people and nation of the Bahamas. “The honor you bestowed on him today reflects that and I know his heart will swell with pride as it stems from this national cultural heartbeat – a Bahamian honor from the Bahamian institution,” she said. declared.