Founder’s Week Celebration
Taking Place at Grambling State University
110 Years of Tradition, Service and Excellence
GRAMBLING, LA — On November 1, 1901 the doors opened to the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School (CIAS), known today as Grambling State University. Charles P. Adams was sent by Tuskegee Institute’s Booker T. Washington to assist in organizing the industrial school in which he then became the founding president.
In 1905, the school moved to its present location and was renamed the North Louisiana Agricultural and Industrial School. By 1928, after becoming a state junior college and being renamed the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, the school began to award two-year professional certificates and diplomas. In 1936, and the curriculum emphasis shifted to rural teacher education; students were able to receive professional teaching certificates after completing a third academic year. The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1944, in elementary education.
Well Grambling State University has come a long ways since 1901. The university offers more than 800 courses and 68 degree programs in five colleges, including an honors college, two professional schools, a graduate school, and a Division of Continuing Education. National and local employers recruit graduates from Grambling’s excellent nursing, computer science, teacher education, business and other programs.
In addition to being one of the country’s top producers of African American graduates and the top producer of Computer Information Science grads in Louisiana, Grambling is the home of the internationally renowned Tiger Marching Band and the “winningest” coach in college football, the legendary football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr., whose tenure is memorialized in a campus museum, funded and operated by the state of Louisiana. Steeped in history, with a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody.
This week Grambling State University will hold several activities to celebrate its 110th anniversary. On Monday at 7:30 a.m. President Frank G. Pogue and Grambling City Mayor Edward Jones, will begin the week by signing an Official Proclamation at the Bust of the Founder for the opening ceremony followed by the Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Black and Gold Room (cost $!0). Founder’s Week Tours will begin and departmental exhibits will take place as well. On Tuesday the Founder’s Day Convocation will start at 11:00 a.m. at the T.H. Harris Auditorium. Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones GSU Alumnus and Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., will be the guest speaker. Wednesday, the university will hold a Historic Building Marker Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in front of Long-Jones Hall. The National Register of Historic Buildings added nine campus buildings to the National Registry after they meet the individual and collective eligibility criteria. The buildings that received the markers are: Eddie G. Robinson Museum (1939), Jewett Hall (1939), Lee Hall (1939), Long-Jones Hall (1939),Foster-Johnson Health Center (1943), University Police Building (1943), Men’s Memorial Gym (1954), Brown Hall (1956) and T.H. Harris Auditorium (1960). The President’s Fall Convocation on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Frederick C. Hobdy assembly Center will wrap-up the week long activities. During the week Tuesday thru Thursday the campus and community neighbors are invited to attend GSU theatre production The Wiz in the Conrad Hutchinson, Jr. Performing Arts Center (cost $8.00).
For additional information the community may contact Mrs. Janis Bluford, Founder’s Week Committee Chair at 318-274-6124.
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