KINGSTON, Jamaica — Track and field super star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is one of three people who will be conferred with honorary degrees by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona at its graduation ceremonies scheduled for October 28 – 29.
The other awardees will be American actor, producer and humanitarian, Daniel “Danny” Glover, and internationally celebrated Jamaican writer and poet, Lorna Goodison.
Glover and Goodison will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) while Fraser-Pryce, who became the first Jamaican woman to win the 100-metre Olympic gold medal in 2008, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD).
Fraser-Pryce won her second straight 100-metre Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and also won and defended her title as the fastest female sprinter at the IAAF Championships in 2009, 2013 and 2015. Known as the “pocket rocket”, Fraser-Pryce is the fourth fastest 100-metre female sprinter of all time.
Off the track, Fraser-Pryce is an exemplary ambassador for Jamaica and role model for Jamaican youth. An advocate for peace, especially in schools, she speaks out in favour of non-violent conflict resolution. She was appointed the first national Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Jamaica in 2010.