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Commemorative Stamp

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Commemorative Stamp issue in celebration of the Cave Hill Campus 50th Anniversary - 1963-2013

In 2013, Cave Hill reflected with pride as it celebrated its golden anniversary and its contribution to regional development and the upliftment of Caribbean people. From its nascence in 1963 as the College of Arts and Science, the Campus has become a leader in tertiary education in the Barbados and a beacon of academic excellence throughout the region as well as internationally.

In commemoration of the Cave Hill Campus’ 50th Anniversary, the Philatelic Bureau of the Barbados Postal Service has introduced a set of commemorative stamps titled “The

50th Anniversary of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus”.

The stamp set comprises iconic images and symbols of the Cave Hill Campus: the

Clock Tower, Student Receiving Scroll, the Golden Stool and the Standard Bearer.



The Clock Tower, ‘vaguely Italianate’ forms part of the original buildings of the permanent site of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The Tower was conceptualised by then Principal & Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sir Sidney Martin and included in the plan for the College by the architect K.J. Tomlin of the Gardner Tomlin Associates in 1964. It has been described as the ‘only early concession to a grand vision’ from the conservative design and solid functional spaces of Captain Tomlin. The original clock for the Tower was obtained from the UK and donated by the firm Geddes Grant of Barbados. The iconic clock tower was rehabilitated in 2002-2003, chiming again for the first time at midnight on New Year’s Eve to herald the Campus’ fortieth anniversary.



The culmination of years of study is the graduation ceremony, which celebrates the

transition from student to graduate. It is at the graduation, that the academic achievements of all those students of the university community, who have successfully satisfied the requirements for certificates, diplomas, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees, are celebrated. At this ceremony, the graduands are presented to the Chancellor of the University, with the scrolls then being presented by the Campus Registrar. For most, this is by far the most treasured memory of the ceremony.



The Golden Stool is the main administration building for the Cave Hill Campus. Barbados was the first mass destination in the Caribbean for enslaved Africans. Most of these came from the Ghana, which was then called the Gold Coast. This building speaks to this heritage, and is designed with the architectural motif of the Golden Stool of the Ashanti. The cornerstone was laid by the Asantehene (King) of Ashanti, Otumfoe, Osei Tutu 11. It is commonly called “The Stool” and is in Ghana a symbol of cultural identity, social unity, moral and spiritual integrity, and the collective wisdom of ancestors and elders.

Described as a powerful symbol of Africa, the golden stool of the Asante is a symbol believed to house the spirit of the Asante people. The Cave Hill building bears the

Gyenyame sign, which when translated from the Gaa language means “with the power of God, all things are possible”. The sign, which is engraved on the walls of the building, is “meant to guide us – to call on the power of God to help us make good decisions”.

The four-storey building was designed by Barbadian architect Maurice Clarke and the Asantehene (King) of Ashanti, Otumfoe, Osei Tutu II laid the foundation plaque. It was opened in April, 2010.



In Universities, the standard is used at Graduations/Commencement exercises and other formal meetings chaired by the Chancellor or ceremonial head. It is borne in the procession by a special university official such as a dean, faculty member, administrator or privileged student such as the Guild President.


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