The University of the Virgin Islands will celebrate its 55th Emerald Jubilee throughout the month of March with multiple events and activities. Originally chartered by the Fourth Legislature on March 16, 1962, the then College of the Virgin Islands served the community as a publicly funded, co-educational, liberal arts institution. Today UVI offers 46 degree programs including, 37 undergraduate degrees and nine graduate degrees through five schools and colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The University also now offers a rigorous doctoral program where students can obtain a Ph.D. in Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change.
“Charter Day is always a special moment to reflect on UVI’s historic and transformative journey in higher education,” said UVI President David Hall. “It is an extra special moment this year because 2017 marks the 55th anniversary of the founding of the University of the Virgin Islands. It is also the year that the Virgin Islands commemorates the Transfer Centennial.” Hall continued, “All of these special landmarks will converge to create an inspiring and memorable occasion.”
The University will host its annual Charter Day Program at 10 a.m. on March 24, in the Administration and Conference Center (ACC) on the St. Thomas Campus, with live streaming to the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Senate President Myron Jackson will be the keynote speaker. “We are honored to welcome Senate President Myron Jackson, a renowned cultural preservationist and historical keeper for the Virgin Islands,” said President Hall. “His insights and leadership responsibilities in the Virgin Islands government will make this an event the community should not miss.”