The University of the Virgin Islands will confer close to 300 degrees at its 58th Commencement Ceremonies being held in person this week in-person.  

The ceremonies will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the Orville E. Kean Campus in St. Thomas and on Friday, May 13, 2022, on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Both ceremonies will begin at 1:00 p.m. 

“We are so pleased to be able to celebrate our graduates’ collective success live and in-person this year. As an institution, we treasure the time-honored tradition of launching our newest alumni into the world with pomp and circumstance, and this year it is especially rewarding in light of all that our students have endured and overcome to arrive at this day,” said UVI President Dr. David Hall. 

Dr. Robert Franklin, Jr., former President of Morehouse College, will deliver the keynote address. 

In addition to celebrating the academic achievements of its newest alumni, the University will bestow honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees upon Dr. Franklin and two distinguished Virgin Islanders: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and USVI Commissioner of Health Justa Encarnacion, signaling the University’s appreciation for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions in their respective fields of professional endeavors. 

This year’s class speaker on the Albert A. Sheen Campus is Rex Cazaubon III, who will earn   a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with the honors of Magna Cum Laude. Graduating Suma Cum Laude, Kasem Thompson, Jr., will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a Minor in Communication and will address the Class of 2022 as the class speaker on the St. Thomas Campus. 

All graduates, University employees, participants and guests, including infants, will be required to present a ticket for entry to commencement on both campuses. In addition, individuals (except children five years old and under) will be required to submit a valid negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the ceremony or proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the ceremony. 

Parking on the St. Thomas campus will be available in the parking lot of the Reichhold Center for the Arts. Shuttle service will be provided to accommodate persons parking at Reichhold Center, the Administration and Conference Center (ACC), and the upper campus. 

The ceremonies will be live-streamed on UVI’s YouTube page -,  Facebook page: and Twitter page- The ceremony’s live stream can also be found on the homepage of UVI’s website –

DaVybe 107.9 FM will broadcast the commencement ceremonies, and a stream will also be available using the TuneIn App. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link.