The University of the West Indies (UWI) will hold a special convocation to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) on former Prime Minister\u00a0Portia Simpson Miller.\r\n\r\nThe ceremony will take place at the Assembly Hall, UWI Mona Campus on Saturday, September 30.\r\n\r\nThe University said it is conferring the LLD in recognition of her outstanding and meritorious contribution to public life, and of her phenomenal achievements as a woman from the working class community who, without the privileges of wealth, colour, class and respected profession, overcame those obstacles and emerged as the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.\r\n\r\nSimpson Miller served as the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica from 2006-2007 and, then again, 2012-2016, and was the recipient of the Jamaican Order of the Nation in 2006.\r\n\r\n"As Prime Minister, she emphasised her commitment to regional integration and cooperation. During her tenure, she used her considerable political and social skills to harness international and domestic support for the stabilisation and growth of the Jamaican economy," the university said in a press release.\r\n\r\nAmong her several awards are: the International Olympic Committee\u2019s World Women and Sport Trophy for outstanding dedication to women in Jamaican Sports\u2014both as athletes and administrators (2007); the Distinguished Award for Dedication to Urban Renewal and Community Development from the Mayor of the City of Miami (2009); one of TIME\u2019s 100 Most Influential Persons in the World (2012); an inductee into the International Women\u2019s Forum Hall of Fame (2014).\r\n\r\nSimpson Miller is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, which is an international network of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers whose mission is to advance women\u2019s issues.\r\n\r\nCommenting on the recommendation for the honorary degree, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said, \u201cPrime Minister Simpson Miller erupted within the long tradition of no-nonsense women who have stood up and led society against the racial and class injustice endemic to our history and still manifested in contemporary Caribbean society.\r\n\r\n"In so doing she reflected and expressed the phenomenal resilience that resides at the core of Caribbean consciousness and is symbolic of the serious sense of social care that is possible in such circumstances. In so doing, she showed the Caribbean poor how to move from 'wishbone to backbone'\u00a0in their politics and culture. She stands tall within our political pantheon as a citizen and sister, woman and humanist.\r\n\r\n"Much respected for her big heart and spontaneously loving spirit, she consistently gave much more than she asked for. The University of the West Indies is honoured to identify with her generosity and humanity and her triumph over unyielding strictures and structures,\u201d Beckles said.