The Doc Is In
Written by Yasmin on November 8, 2023
On Saturday, November 4th, 2023, reggae icon Beres Hammond was presented with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from The University of the West Indies. In a humble response Dr. Beres Hammond expressed “It mek mi feel like I was doing something worthwhile all this time,” he added in an interview before the ceremony, noting jokingly that if “Doctor of Letters a gwaan, song fi drop”. Beres took the time to express great gratitude to everyone who supported him through his five-decade-long career.
The crowd rocked away and sang along with Beres as musical tributes rang through the pavilion. He addressed those gathered briefly and more personally as he ditched the speech prepared and shared that he was inspired by singers such as Alton Ellis, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. Beres took the time to express great gratitude to everyone who supported him through his five-decade-long career while encouraging them to do what they love.