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Renowned Reverend, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock Selected to be Keynote Speaker at UVI’s 2021 Online Commencement Ceremony

Honorable U.S District Court Chief Justice Wilma Lewis & UVI Board of Trustees Emeritus Chairman Alexander Moorhead to Receive Honorary Degrees 

Renowned Reverend and United States Senator Dr. Raphael Warnock will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands 2021 online Commencement Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 14. This ceremony will celebrate the achievements of students from the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix; the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas and the University of St. Martin. The decision to convene another Online Commencement Ceremony was made as the University continues to take necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.   

“The University is excited to produce yet another virtual commencement ceremony as we understand the significance of Commencement Ceremonies to our students and their families and we remain committed to giving our students the best experience to recognize their hard work and achievements,” said UVI President David Hall. “The Class of 2021 deserves high recognition for having persevered through a pandemic that forced them to suddenly adapt to new learning methods and having successfully completed this important chapter in their lives.”  

“We have selected a keynote speaker who epitomizes overall excellence,” Dr. Hall said. “Reverend Raphael Warnock is not only a highly recognized pastor, but he is also known beyond the doors of his church for his social and political influence in defending the voting rights of those in his state. I think that as a product of a HBCU, Reverend Warnock’s recent ascension to being Georgia’s first Black senator and the first Black Democrat to represent a southern state in the United States Senate will also serve to inspire our students as they prepare for their careers.” 

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