By Nadira Mohammed & Nykhya Gardiner, Corporate Communications Interns
The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) welcomed its 96th academic year with the much-anticipated annual President’s Convocation Ceremony held on Monday, October 2, 2023. The event, held under the theme “Changing Mindsets: Self, Systems, and Strategies,” served as a pivotal moment for USC, setting the stage for the institution’s upcoming centennial celebrations scheduled for 2027.
The President’s Convocation brought together USC’s students, administrators, faculty and staff. This year’s convocation held a unique distinction as it welcomed, for the first time in its history, two special guests of honor: Mr. Leslie Hislop, Principal of the Caribbean Union College Secondary School, and Mrs. Charmaine Jardine-Brisbane, Principal of the Maracas SDA Primary School.
The evening commenced with scripture readings presented by representatives from both the Maracas SDA Primary School and the CUC Secondary School, followed by warm acknowledgments of the special guests by Provost Dr. Len Archer, and greetings from the Deans of USC’s various schools. The audience was serenaded with a piano instrumental by Mr. Steve Marcelle before the keynote address by Dr. Colwick Wilson, USC’s 29th President, who has been in office since July 1st, 2021.
Dr. Wilson’s inspiring speech centered on the theme, “Changing Mindsets: Self, Systems, and Strategies,” emphasizing the need to break away from outdated approaches and embrace the path to becoming “#USCSTRONG.” He eloquently stated, “You cannot put new wine into old wine skins,” underscoring the importance of evolving and adapting to the changing times.
In his address, Dr. Wilson stressed the inclusivity of the Maracas SDA Primary School, CUC Secondary School, and USC, forming a “Partnership at Home.” He echoed the sentiments of Dr. Susan Chand, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, by expressing a commitment to “walk with you through this valley,” signifying a united effort to overcome challenges.
One of the key highlights of Dr. Wilson’s speech was the vision for an improved campus life encapsulated in the Strategic Plan 100 (SP100). Over the next four years, Dr. Wilson, along with Pastor Bertie Henry, Treasurer of the Caribbean Union Conference, will work on plans for 25 campus buildings. These plans are expected to revitalize the university and enhance the overall educational experience for students.
Reflecting on the success of the “Get On The Bus” Campaign, which raised TTD$1.4 million, Dr. Wilson announced the launch of a new fundraising initiative called the Capital Campaign, scheduled for November 18th, 2023. This campaign will provide the necessary resources to bring the ambitious projects discussed during the President’s Convocation to fruition.
In conclusion, the President’s Convocation for the academic year 2023-2024 was an evening filled with profound insights and a vision for USC’s future. It left both the audience and speakers with a renewed sense of purpose and direction as they embark on a journey towards “Changing Mindsets: Self, Systems, and Strategies.” As they move forward, USC is poised to continue its legacy of excellence while embracing innovation and inclusivity in the pursuit of educational excellence in Miracle Valley.
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