Vincentian Breya John is the 2023 UWI Global Campus Valedictorian

Ms Breya John, The UWI Global Campus 2023 Valedictorian

Vincentian Breya John is the 2023 UWI Global Campus Valedictorian

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Wednesday, November 1, 2023—On Saturday, November 11, 2023, at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Global Campus Virtual Graduation Ceremony, Bachelor of Education graduand, with First Class Honours, Breya John, will represent the graduating class of 2023 as its Valedictorian.

Ms. John, an Early Childhood Practitioner from the beautiful thirty-two islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is an enthusiastic educator. Breya stated that she has always aspired to become an impactful educator, a journey which began during her childhood when the positive experiences she received from her parents paved the way for her love for educating others. “The sacrifices they made to be involved in my educational journey sparked my dedication and passion for teaching, which fueled my eagerness to give back to my community by providing free tutoring services to children who needed remedial assistance”, Breya explained.

Breya, who is currently employed by the Ministry of Education of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a Primary School Educator, believes that teaching is not only a noble profession, but also an honourable lifestyle. “Teaching has profoundly influenced my interactions with my family, friends, colleagues, students, and everyone else I encounter”, said Breya.

Empowered by her mantra that the only person you are to be, is the person whom you decide to be in the moments that matter, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Development and Family Studies programme at The UWI Global Campus (formerly The UWI Open Campus). This decision enabled her to develop her teaching and learning philosophy around the centralised theme, “Like a gardener who provides the best conditions needed for plants to grow, it is the educator’s duty to create the optimal learning environment for his or her students to blossom into exceptional individuals, through creative and stimulating experiences, that provide the opportunities for each student to be captivated, persuaded, and meaningfully occupied with their knowledge acquisition”, stated the Class of 2023 Valedictorian.

Having completed her undergraduate degree with The UWI Global Campus, she plans to pursue a Master’s in Speech and Language Therapy, a field, she noted, will greatly benefit the development of early childhood education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. No doubt, this pursuit will aid in her quest towards contributing to the quality of life of others and guiding children towards becoming the best version of themselves.

As is customary, she will deliver the Valedictory Speech at the Graduation Ceremony on behalf of her fellow graduates from across the Region.

The UWI Global Campus is proud that Breya chose the Campus to fulfil her lifelong dreams and salute her on this significant academic accomplishment and wishes her success in her further endeavours.  Staff, students, alumni and other well-wishers across the Region are invited to tune in to the Virtual Graduation Ceremony via, UWItv’s channels on Flow EVO or on Facebook live from 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean/AST) | 5:00 p.m. (Jamaica/EST) | 4:00 p.m. (BZE/CST).

About The University of the West Indies

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region for the past 75 years.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Global Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.


2023 marks The UWI’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond Jubilee milestone themed “UWI at 75. Rooted. Ready. Rising.” features initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on the past, confront the present, and articulate plans for the future of the regional University.


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