In Summary

  • Beres Hammond is set to receive a honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies.
  • The honorary doctorate is granted to Jamaicans who have had remarkable contributions in their careers.
  • Earlier this year the singer was feted with the Elite Icon Award at the Caribbean Music Awards.

Reggae legend Beres Hammond is set to receive a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of the West Indies during this year’s graduation slated for November 4, 2023.

The reggae icon will join other four recipients in receiving the honorary degrees. The other recipients are Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States who’s also the first woman to hold the seat, Audrey Marks, the late business magnate Lascelles Chin who’ll be feted posthumously(Degree of Doctor of Laws), Rachel Manley( Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters) and Professor Dale Abel(Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science).

Exceptional Excellence

For one to be feted with an Honorary Degree he has to have had an exceptional excellence in his field.

Despite the honor being referred to as a doctorate, the honorees are not referred to as doctors.

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However, they are allowed to indicate the feat behind their names.

Beres and the other honorees will be among 3500 graduates set to be awarded with degrees, masters and diplomas in respective fields.

Earlier in the year, Beres was also honored with the Elite Icon Awards at the Caribbean Music Awards.

Beres Hammond performing during a past show PHOTO Courtesy


King Of Lovers Rock

Beres Hammond boasts of a unique voice with his smooth affectionate lyrics earning him the title, King of Lovers Rock.

He has been active for over five decades and remains evergreen to date.

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The singer has a rich musical catalogue dating back to the 1970’s.

Some of his popular hits are Putting Up Resistance, What One Dance Can Do, Rock Away and Sweet Lies among others.

Beres has 19 solo albums with his recent being, Never Ending.

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