“We, the graduates and former students of Savannah State University, do hereby declare ourselves an association promoting the progress and development of those principles, ideals, knowledge and skills, which we have acquired as students of Savannah State University, and which will continually serve as a beacon of light to guide us in our chosen professions.”
The purpose of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association is to promote the progress and the development of Savannah State University. The Savannah State University National Alumni Association is a Georgia Domestic Nonprofit Corporation. The SSUNAA is tax exempt under provisions of section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and the Internal Revenue Service has ruled that contributions to the SSUNAA are deductible by donors as provided in section 170 of the Code for Federal income, gift and estate tax purposes.
The SSUNAA is a member of the Georgia Alumni Association of Historically Black State Universities and the Council of National Alumni Associations and an active supporter of the Legal Defense Coalition for the Preservation of Public HBCUs.
There is evidence that the organization of alumni clubs started as early as 1923 when a group organized in what was then known as high school alumni clubs. After careful consideration, the Georgia State clubs increased and thus became the Georgia State Association. Understanding the need to develop these clubs into a more organized representative group, which would serve the college and the administration, the Alumni Association was organized. The membership of the association was composed of graduates from the High School, Normal and College Departments.
Georgia State College Clubs were organized in Savannah, Valdosta, Waycross, Philadelphia and New York. In 1947, the members of the Alumni Clubs and State Clubs began to investigate the possibility of becoming and organized national body. By 1949, the Alumni Association of Savannah State became nationally chartered.
Today, the Alumni Association continues as the Savannah State University National Alumni Association, Inc. representing more than 22,000 alumni worldwide.