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UVI Presents ‘A Toast to the Emerald Celebration for the Centennial Commemoration!’

Photo of UVI Steelband Drums

UVI Parade Entry Description -Adult's Parade, Saturday, April 29 

Entrance of UVI Float:

Join us as we celebrate the University of the Virgin Islands’55th Birthday. UVI celebrates its Emerald Jubilee in our float presentation called “A Toast to the Emerald Celebration for the Centennial Commemoration!”  Our presentation honors and applauds the significant contributions of intellectual nourishment that the University of the Virgin Islands has imparted on the people of the Virgin Islands for last 55 years through its 47 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across its five colleges and schools. Founded in 1962, UVI is a public, co-ed, land-grant HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in the United States Virgin Islands. Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled on the two campuses: the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and the St. Thomas Campus.

Let’s toast to our past presidents for their visionary intelligence and steadfastness in developing and cultivating this outstanding institution of higher learning.  Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass was UVI's first president. He served from 1962-1980.  Dr. Arthur A. Richards was UVI's second president and served from 1980-1990.  Dr. Orville E. Kean was UVI's third president, who served from 1990-2002. Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, UVI's fourth president, served from 2002-2009. Our current and fifth president of the University of the Virgin Islands is Dr. David Hall.

Let’s Celebrate a Centennial Commemoration for our 65th Carnival Celebration” with UVI as we stay focused on our vision to “Specialize in Futures.” We burst with pride in our presentation “A Toast to the Emerald Celebration for the Centennial Commemoration!”

On the Float:

  • Miss University of the Virgin Islands Angelique Flemming, a 19-year-old sophomore psychology major.  She was born on St. Croix and is attending UVI on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Her philosophy on life is with God anything is possible.
  • Miss Emerald Jubilee 2017 Cherie Wheatley, a long term employee, was selected by the student body for this title.
  • Dr. David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands, and wife Dr. Marilyn Brathwaite-Hall will be on the float.

UVI Troupe

Mocko Jumbies are celebrating and adorned in festive colorful costumes, depicting the joyful atmosphere of the spirit of carnival and merriment over UVI’s 55th birthday recognition “An Emerald Jubilee Celebration”! Happy Birthday UVI!

 About UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands is Historically American, Uniquely Caribbean and Globally Interactive. Led by President Hall, the University is committed to graduate students who are academically excellent, globally sensitive, entrepreneurially focused, emotionally and spiritually balanced, and committed to serving the world.

UVI has over 10,400 alumni who hold leadership roles in the territory, the region and the world.