CNN Political Analyst, Former State Legislator and 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 – http://www.uvi.edu/.
Our Graduates Have Worked Hard to Realize their Dream of a Degree; Please Volunteer to Make their Commencement Special Our graduates have worked hard to realize their dream of a degree. Please volunteer to make their commencement special. The hard work and dedication of the UVI Class of 2019 will be realized at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in the Sports and Fitness Center when they receive their diplomas during our commencement ceremonies.
We need your help to ensure our graduates have a grand ceremony. Volunteers are needed to make this day pleasantly memorable. The greatest need at this time is ushers. Give a little time during commencement and make a difference to our graduates.
Contact Denise Humphrey at 693-1552 or [email protected] to sign up to support our graduates.
UVI Parking Regulations to be Suspended for UVI 2019 Commencement on St. Thomas Campus UVI Parking Regulations to be suspended for UVI 2019 Commencement on St. Thomas Campus Parking regulations on UVI’s St. Thomas Campus will be suspended from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate parking for the UVI 2019 Commencement Exercises at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in the following parking areas:
• Sports and Fitness Center
• Classroom Administration Building (CA Building)
• Humanities Building
• Wellness Center
• Administration and Conference Center (ACC Building)
• Reichhold Center for the Arts
The parking rules will remain in effect at all other locations on the St. Thomas Campus. Shuttle service will be provided to accommodate persons parking at Reichhold Center, Administration and Conference Center (ACC), and the upper campus.
For more information, contact UVI Security Department at 693-1530 or [email protected].