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Honorable U.S. Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to Speak at UVI’s Student Convocation

Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor The University of the Virgin Islands has been selected to host a Student Convocation with the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice, United States Supreme Court. This is a historic and unique opportunity for our students and the University.  The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2017 in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus. The University will also bestow an honorary degree upon Justice Sotomayor at the Convocation. The event will be video conferenced to the Albert A. Sheen Camps on St. Croix and transportation will be provided for a limited number of St. Croix students who want to attend the event.  

Justice Sotomayor is looking forward to meeting with and hearing from our students, therefore priority seating will be provided for those students who are interested in attending. In order to provide the appropriate amount of priority seats, students must indicate that they plan to attend by registering using this link: UVI Student Convocation - US Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor Registration Form. The registration deadline is no later than Jan. 19, 2017. Justice Sotomayor is especially interested in entertaining questions from students. However, the questions must be submitted ahead of time for consideration. The deadline for UVI’s submission of questions is the end of the day on Jan. 16, 2017. Please send your questions to the email address listed above.  Please see below for guidance on the types of questions that can be asked.  Faculty, staff and administrators are also invited to attend and must also indicate their interest in attending by sending an email to the same address above.

In this Centennial year that marks the legal alignment of the Virgin Islands with the United States, and during the 55th Anniversary of the University of the Virgin Islands, we will be blessed to have in our midst a distinguished member of the highest court of this land, who is the first Justice of Hispanic descent and the third woman Justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Below is a link to a biographical sketch of Justice Sotomayor that captures some of her outstanding achievements and contributions to the legal profession and to this nation. See link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Sotomayor

Please make sure you comply with the requirements and deadlines contained in this announcement.  Should you have specific questions, please contact the Office of the President at (340) 693-1000.