Historically Black institution, University of the Virgin Islands, announced journalist and host of MSNBC’s AM Joy, Joy-Ann Reid, will be the keynote speaker at their annual commencement ceremonies on May 16th and 17th.
President of UVI, David Hall, mentioned his excitement in a statement, saying “We strive to bring outstanding individuals to our commencement so that they can inspire and stand as a model for what we want our students to become.”
Reid, whose father is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and mother from British Guiana, will be used to the tropical weather while speaking in the HBCU’s St.Croix and St. Thomas campuses.
“She is an outstanding author, journalist, television personality,” President Hall continues, “and an overall outstanding individual who has helped MSNBC become more diverse in its appeal.”
In addition to hosting AM Joy, Reid is an accomplished author of several books including Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide, and written columns and articles for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, the Miami Herald New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast. You can catch Reid’s show, AM Joy, on Saturday and Sunday mornings on MSNBC.