JIS News

Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, was last Saturday (Sept.17) conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the Hartwick College in Oneonta, Upstate New York.
Reverend Adrian A. McFarlane, Professor of Philosophy and Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Oneonta, offered the Governor General for the honour. The Rev. Dr. McFarlane is Jamaican.The conferment of the Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law was the highlight of a busy weekend in Oneonta for the Jamaican head of state.
On Friday, the Governor General met with a group of Caribbean students at the college during which he discussed issues of regional and international importance. On Sunday, Sir Howard Cooke participated in a special worship service at the First Presbyterian Church and was well received by the congregation there.
In his acceptance remarks on Saturday, during which he urged understanding and tolerance, the Governor General noted that, “there are many benefits to the relationship between the Oneonta area and the island of Jamaica.”
Prior to his installment as Governor General of Jamaica in l991, Sir Howard Cooke served the United Presbyterian Church in Jamaica for many years in the capacity as a Lay Preacher in his hometown of Montego Bay.
The Oneonta area has maintained a strong relationship with the island of Jamaica through the Trans-cultural Nursing Programme, which was linked to the School of Nursing at Hartwick College. Also, the Pringle Home for disadvantaged and at risk children in St. Mary, is visited annually by members of the First Presbyterian Church.
Consul General of Jamaica, Dr. Basil K. Bryan, headed the large turn out of dignitaries, who were on hand to congratulate the Governor General.