Members of the media are invited to cover and photograph the University of the Virgin Islands 59th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 11, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and on Friday, May 12, at 1 p.m. in the Elridge W. Blake Sports and Fitness Center on the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas. 

The event’s keynote speaker is renowned author and political and social commentator, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who serves as the Centennial Chair at Vanderbilt University, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and Distinguished Professor of African America and Diaspora Studies. UVI will honor Dr. Dyson with an honorary doctorate.  

The University will also present an honorary doctorate to Edward E. Thomas, Sr. for his contributions to the Virgin Islands community. Thomas played prominent roles as the director of the Internal Revenue Service and President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman of the West Indian Company, Limited. Presently, Thomas serves as Chairman of the Board of the UVI Research & Technology Park. 

Clema Williams-Lewis will also be presented with an honorary doctorate for her lifelong work to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. As a social worker, Williams-Lewis, has been a champion for justice for those marginalized in society through her words and actions. She has also served as the Union Representative for Steel Workers of America and as a Building Representative for the American Federation of Teachers. 

Admission to the commencement exercises on both campuses is by ticket only. Media partners interested in attending the ceremonies must confirm their attendance no later than Friday, May 5th, by emailing to pr@uvi.edu.  


When: May 11, 2023  

What: UVI 59th Commencement Ceremony  

Time: 1 p.m. 

Where: Grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus – St. Croix 


When: May 12, 2023 

What: UVI 59th Commencement Ceremony  

Time: 1 p.m. 

Where: Elridge W. Blake Sports & Fitness Center – Orville E. Kean Campus, St. Thomas 


Contact: UVI Public Relations Office (340) 693-1059