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Miss Pat of VP Records receives York College’s first Presidential Medal of Honour

“I spent a little time with Miss Pat over the last two months and she is a phenomenal woman,” Eanes shared.

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She added, “Miss Pat is the business and her sons and all the family have done a lot for Jamaica, Queens. For her successful immigrant story, business acumen and contribution to the Jamaica Queens and Caribbean American, Chinese Jamaican communities, on behalf of York College family, I am delighted to honour [and present] – the first in my presidential history – this award to Miss Pat.”

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Last Thursday, at the UBS stadium in Long Island, New York, a beaming PatriciaMiss Pat’ Chin, co-founder and president of VP Records, dressed in academic regalia, graciously accepted York College’s Presidential Medal from President Dr Berenecea Johnson Eanes. Miss Pat, a pioneer in the reggae music industry and a shining example of an immigrant success story, was the college’s first recipient of this honour.

York College is a senior college of the City University of New York. It provides students with a one-of-a-kind educational experience and offers many qualities of a major university, including a distinguished faculty and strong pre-professional programmes. In conferring the medal, Dr Eanes stated, “I am pleased to present York College’s Presidential Medal … to Patricia Dorothy Chin, co-founder of VP Records, who hails from the island of Jamaica and calls Jamaica, Queens home.”

Traversing through the biography of VP Records from its foundation in Jamaica in the ‘50s through to the move to Jamaica, Queens, Eanes outlined the trail of excellence blazed by the largest reggae music label in the world and the outstanding achievements of matriarch Miss Pat, one of the pillars of Jamaican music.

“I spent a little time with Miss Pat over the last two months and she is a phenomenal woman,” Eanes shared.

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She added, “Miss Pat is the business and her sons and all the family have done a lot for Jamaica, Queens. For her successful immigrant story, business acumen and contribution to the Jamaica Queens and Caribbean American, Chinese Jamaican communities, on behalf of York College family, I am delighted to honour [and present] – the first in my presidential history – this award to Miss Pat.”

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