UVI Class of 2020 Overcomes Overwhelming Odds, Confers Over 300 Degrees

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On May 12, the University of the Virgin Islands Office of the Registrar certified over 300 degrees for the Class of 2020. As a result of the coronavirus, commencement ceremonies originally slated for May have been postponed. UVI’s Class of 2020 will walk across the stage and celebrate their commencement in December 2020. Currently, students who have earned their degrees will receive their diplomas in the mail.

“The Class of 2020 is the most unique and resilient class to ever graduate from UVI,” said UVI President David Hall. “They have obtained their academic dreams despite having to endure two category five hurricanes, a pandemic and numerous personal and financial challenges.”

Hall said, “They have endured forces which would have stopped others from achieving their dreams. I am extremely proud of each graduate and appreciate how they made UVI a better place in the process.”

Among the graduating class will be three students of the first cohort of students enrolled in the university’s online program. Another eight students of the Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change (CLIC) doctoral program will receive their degrees as well.

UVI invites the public to take part in a virtual graduation celebration for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) titled #ShowMeYourWalk – HBCU Edition. The event, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, will be held at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 16. The all-star lineup will feature speakers and musical guests with President Barack Obama as the featured honored guest.

UVI and its Class of 2020 are amongst the almost 80 or so participating HBCUs that will be recognized nationally at this event. There are expected to be celebrity guests and musical performances as well as an acknowledgment of the history of HBCUs, valedictorians and black greek life. Join the livestream event on Chase YouTube, Chase Twitter, HBCU Connect Facebook or Essence Studios.

UVI’s Class of 2020’s commencement ceremonies will take place at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec.10, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus and on Friday, Dec. 11, on the campus grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

2020 Commencement Statistics – Class of 2020

Ph.D. Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change 8

Total Ph.D. Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change 8

School of Business

Master of Business Administration 8

Master of Accounting 3

Bachelor of Arts 19

Bachelor of Business Administration 44

Associates of Arts 1

Total School of Business 75

School of Education

Master of Arts School Counseling 4

Master of Arts Educational Leadership 5

Master of Arts Leadership 2

Bachelor of Arts 21

Associates of Arts 4

Total School of Education 36

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science 37

Total School of Nursing 37

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Master of Psychology 4

Master of Public Administration 7

Bachelor of Science 9

Bachelor of Arts 39

Associate of Applied Science 7

Total College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 66

College of Science and Mathematics

Master of Marine and Environmental Studies 11

Bachelor of Science 46

Bachelor of Arts 3

Associates of Science 13

Associates of Applied Science 10

Total College of Science and Mathematics 83

Statistics contained here refer to degrees conferred in the fall (December 2019) and the spring (May 2020) unless otherwise noted. Students whose degrees were conferred in December are also listed in the commencement booklet for the May ceremonies. They also have the option of participating in the ceremonies.

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