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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will be awarded an honorary Doctorate from the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in recognition of his leadership and advocacy on climate change.

The conferment of the Degree of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, will take place on October 16, 2018 during a ceremony at the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom on the university campus. The degree will be conferred by President of the University, Dr. Ken Gormley.

Duquesne University’s selection of honorary degrees are awarded to individuals in recognition of distinguished service and commitment to the institution, humanity and academia. Honorary degrees are also conferred on individuals who have made valuable intellectual contributions to society and the world.

Established in 1878, the private Catholic university boasts a student population of over nine thousand. Over the course of its history, the institution has pioneered several initiatives on both a national and state level, such as becoming the first US university to offer an online Ph.D. in
nursing and the first in the State of Pennsylvania to grant a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1937. The United States Chronicle for High Education ranked Duquesne University number 16 among 61 small research universities that were rated according to an index measuring faculty productivity.

In 2009 the cogeneration plant on the University’s uptown Pittsburgh campus received special recognition when it earned the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHA) Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This recognition is bestowed on
institutions and organisations that utilize efficient systems to reduce energy use, air pollution and greenhouse gas emission. Duquesne University remains the only university in Pittsburgh which powers most of its campus operations from a 5- megawatt per-hour natural gas turbine.

Immediately following the conferment ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit will deliver a lecture on “Building Climate Resilient Countries” as part of the University’s ‘Integrity Creation of Leadership’ series.

This is the second doctorate degree conferred on the Prime Minister in two years. In February 2016, Lovely Professional University of India conferred the Doctor of Letters degree on Prime Minister Skerrit “in recognition of his desire to build international harmony among nations and for his outstanding public services and excellent governance.”

Prime Minister Skerrit was first elected as a member of parliament in 2000, and served as Prime Minister from 2004.

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