ST. THOMAS—Senate President Myron Jackson encouraged graduates to give back to the Virgin Islands, during his remarks as a guest speaker at the 53rd Annual Commencement Ceremony at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), on Friday.
“The Virgin Islands is at a crossroads as we observe this Centennial Year. As you make your way as U.S. graduates into the workforce inside and outside of the territory, let us always be committed to our homeland and region. It is through this intellectual capacity that we are able to meet our challenges,” said Senate President Jackson.
Sen. Jackson also acknowledged his former High School Principal Ruth Thomas for her dedication to improving the Education System in the Territory.
Today, we also honor one of our longtime educators, Ms. Ruth Thomas, who will be bestowed with a well-deserving acknowledgment of a woman who has committed her entire life to the advancement of education, and who daily provides commentary on the social, cultural, and economic state of affairs of the Territory. She has nurtured and developed hundreds of our youth.”
Lastly, the senator shared his advice with the UVI graduates who are in the Class of 2017.
“You live in a time capsule where so many windows of opportunities and innovative ideas are possible. It is important that you remember this campus and these islands, and cultivate your intellectual capacity to take your rightful place in this universe,” said Sen. Jackson.
Additional remarks were presented by David Hall, S.J.D. President, Henry Smock, Esq., Governor Kenneth Mapp, Monel Marcellin (Class of 2017) and Keynote Speaker Iyanla Vanzant.