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CNN Political Analyst, Former State Legislator & Lawyer Bakari Sellers to be UVI’s 2019 Commencement Keynote Speaker

CNN political commentator, lawyer and former state legislator, Bakari Sellers will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands 2019 Commencement Ceremony.  Starting at 1 p.m., these ceremonies will take place on Thursday, May 16, on the campus grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and on Friday, May 17, at the Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas. 

“Bakari Sellers is an ideal inspiration for UVI students, especially our graduates,” he said. “As a graduate of an HBCU who became one of the youngest state legislators in the nation and then became a national political commentator with CNN, he eloquently demonstrates that there are no limits for those who desire to serve and make a difference in the world.”

Sellers made history in 2006, when, at just 22-years-old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State Legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

In 2014, Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor. He also served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. He is noted for having an uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done. “I have been consistently impressed by his thoughtful commentary, insightful political perspectives, and his eloquent words,” said President Hall.

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