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Educational Excellence Since 1901

Over the last 120 years, Grambling State University has educated the world’s future and present leaders. It’s important that we remain united, building on the solid foundation of our past and strive to make Grambling State the life-giving preeminent university its founder, Charles P. Adams envisioned.

The 120th celebration will focus on our ardent vision to build on a foundation of educational excellence that fosters an inclusive experience of worth and belonging while discovering your own greatness.


Monday, November 1

8 a.m. | Laying of the Wreath and Placement of Time Capsule | Lee Hall
To commemorate the day the institution opened its doors, the day will begin with the ceremonial laying of the wreath on the bust of our founder, Charles P. Adams. A time capsule will be placed into the ground at the event followed by a march to McCall Dining Hall for a special birthday celebration.

11 a.m. | Special Anniversary Edition of Prez Says | KGRM, The Lab, YouTube
Join President Gallot for a special simulcast of Prez Says to discuss university history and ways you can join in the celebration.

Tuesday, November 2

11 a.m. | Founders Convocation | Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
We will welcome 1993 alumna, Dr. Dana A. Williams, as the keynote speaker for the signature event. A 1993 graduate and valedictorian of her class, Williams taught briefly in the Madison Parish public school system before moving to Washington, D.C.  In 2016, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Humanities Council and was named dean of the Graduate School at Howard in 2021.