UVI to Award More than 350 Degrees Saturday & Sunday
The University of the Virgin Islands will hold its 48th Annual
Commencement Ceremonies May 12 and 13, on the St. Thomas campus and
the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, respectively. More than
250 degrees are expected to be awarded at the St. Thomas campus
ceremony, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the UVI Sports and
Fitness Center. More than 130 degrees are expected to be awarded at
the Albert A. Sheen Campus ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13,
on the campus grounds.
The class speaker on the St. Thomas campus will be Sondria
Pemberton. The class speaker on St. Croix will be Desiree K.
Golden. The class speakers are selected by members of their
The keynote speaker for both ceremonies is Spelman College
President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a respected psychologist,
scholar, educator, race relations expert and leader in higher
education. Dr. Tatum was appointed by President Barack Obama to the
Advisory Board for the White House Initiative on Historically Black
Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of the boards of:
the Institute for International Education, Council of Independent
Colleges, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and
Teach for America. An accomplished author, Dr. Tatum's best-selling
books include "Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in
an Era of School Resegregation," and "Why Are All the Black Kids
Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" Her best-known article is,
"Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: An Application of
Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom," published in
the Harvard Educational Review in 1992.
The UVI Class of 2012 boasts many firsts. Judith Henderson will be
the first graduate of the UVI Honors Program, a rigorous program
that seeks to produce exceptional scholars and citizens by
providing participants with enriched intellectual, leadership and
outreach experiences. Henderson will earn a Bachelor of Science in
UVI will commission the first female graduates of the ROTC Program
- Danielle Christian on St. Croix, and Marcia Bruno and Gail
Alexander on St. Thomas. The commissioning ceremony marks the
transition from a Cadet to Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the United
States Army. Christian will also become the first female active
duty 2LT from UVI's ROTC Program. Bruno will be the first Virgin
Islands Army National Guard Officer and Alexander will be the first
Army Reserve Officer to graduate from the program.
During the ceremonies, two distinguished Virgin Islanders will
receive Honorary Doctorates from UVI. Dr. Alfred O. Heath, a
practicing surgeon for more than five decades, and VI Delegate to
Congress Dr. Donna M. Christensen will receive honorary UVI
degrees, along with Dr. Tatum.
Admission to the St. Thomas campus Commencement Ceremony is by
ticket only. Parking on the St. Thomas campus will be available in
the parking lots of the Reichhold Center for the Arts, the
Administration and Conference Center and the upper campus. Shuttle
service will be provided from all parking areas to and from the
Sports and Fitness Center. Only those with disability permits and
persons who were granted prior special permission will be allowed
to park in the Sports and Fitness Center parking lot.
Both ceremonies will be broadcast live on Da Vybe 107.9 FM.
In respect to all of the graduates, their families and friends, the
use of air horns, whistles and other noisemakers will not be
permitted at either ceremony.
* The statistics contained in this news release include the number
of degrees conferred in December 2011 and in May 2012.