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UVI Class of 2018: Defying & Overcoming the Winds of the Storms

The University of the Virgin Islands celebrated many firsts in this year’s commencement ceremonies held on the St. Thomas Campus and the Albert A. Sheen Campus on May 17, and May 18, respectively. 

For the first time in UVI’s history, there were graduates from UVI’s extension campus on St. Maarten, five students graduated with Masters of Arts in Education degrees, two students graduated with doctoral degrees and 17 students graduated with Masters of Marine and Environmental Studies Degrees. (See Link here) Likewise, 36 students graduated with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degrees, 12 of which graduated on the Albert A Sheen Campus as the first cohort of nurses to do so in the university’s history. 

Acclaimed film actor, director, producer, activist and humanitarian, Danny Glover delivered the keynote address at both ceremonies. Glover, who was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, told the Class of 2018 that they have all been a source of inspiration to him.

“No adversity can break you, no storm can wash you away, the work you do in the world should always elevate our species,” Glover said. “Never forget the courage and fortitude it took for you to succeed.” 

Che-Raina Warner, class speaker on the St Thomas Campus in her speech beckoned the graduating class to follow their dreams.

“Today’s graduation is all the proof you need that if you apply yourself, and you strive bravely towards your aspirations, you can achieve it,” said Warner. “So, I say let the strength of your desire give force and momentum to your every step.” 

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