Pursuant to the District of Columbia Non-Profit Corporation Act, a small group of former students of Caribbean Union College adopted articles of incorporation, which they filed on Tuesday, June 27, 1967, marking the birth of Caribbean Union College Alumni Association, Washington, D.C.
Three persons were named to serve as initial directors until the first annual meeting when eight directors would be elected. These were Ralph Leon Parris, Carlton Joseph Springer, and Nita Alma Roline Clements, with Ralph Parris serving as the president. Today, the three reside in Maryland, Florida and Trinidad & Tobago.
Subsequently, the first set of by-laws were adopted at a regular meeting held on Saturday evening, February 24, 1968, attested to by Yvonne Roberts, the association’s first secretary.
The next significant milestone in the history of the alumni association came in 1973. Forty-six alumni and friends joined with thirteen alumni and friends of our sister institution Northern Caribbean University (formerly West Indies College) to form a new church congregation in Hyattsville, Maryland, which they named Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church. Approximately 50 persons with the vision to construct a church edifice to accommodate 500! Membership at Metropolitan SDA Church membership peaked at 1100, and presently two worship services are held to accommodate congregants.
When Caribbean Union College achieved university status in 2006 and became University of the Southern Caribbean, our name changed accordingly. We currently operate under the umbrella of the University of the Southern Caribbean Alumni Association, North America, and continue to raise funds yearly for our flagship project—the Scholarship Fund—administered by USCAA North America.
Our stated purpose is to promote, encourage and maintain intercultural relations between students and alumni of the University of the Southern Caribbean, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and the University of the Southern Caribbean Alumni Association, Washington, D.C., by means of exhibitions, scholarships, forums, and other appropriate visual and auditory educational techniques.
Our Alma Mater’s motto is “Beyond Excellence” for which we strive, remaining ever loyal to our “grand old school”!
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Chair—finance, investments, and philanthropic initiatives (FIPI)
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