FAMU Celebrates 125th Anniversary [SLIDE SHOW]

By: FAMU Release; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: FAMU Release; Lanetra Bennett Email

Tallahassee, FL - FAMU celebrated 125 in a big way at the Founders Day Convocation.

As the university's 10th president, Dr. James Ammons, said, the 8th president, Dr. Frederick Humphries, got everyone fired up and excited.

They say no one can get the crowd going like FAMU's 8th President, Dr. Frederick Humphries.

Wednesday, students, faculty, and alumni gathered in the Lawson Center for the Founders Day Convocation in celebration of FAMU's 125th anniversary.

FAMU Graduate Lauren Arias came with her husband and infant son. She says, "I'm a third generation here. My grandmother went here, my dad went here. Now, I'm here and hopefully he will be here as well."

During his keynote address, Dr. Humphries reminded everyone of accomplishments, such as TIME Magazine/Princeton Review naming FAMU "College of the Year" in 1997.

He told reporters, "By the time the year 2000 rolled around, FAMU had been number one in the country in the production of black engineers. So, we got an amazing set of things that have been executed by this university."

Jonathan Arias graduated from FAMU with his bachelors degree in 2008 and a masters in 2010. He says, "It grew me up. It didn't just give me an education in the book sense, but, also in life. FAMU is my foundation."

Former FAMU President Dr. Fred Gainous and Dr. James Ammons were at the convocation on the front row.

Dr. Ammons says, "I don't think we could've had a better climate than the one that we had with all of the students, faculty, the alumni, administrators and this community embracing this university at this time."

Administrators say FAMU's resilience is not only worth celebrating from the past 125 year, but, it's also a testament to the future.

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Tallahassee, FL - Today is Florida A&M University's birthday!
Faculty, staff, students, past presidents, and community members are celebrating in a big way.

FAMU's eighth president, Dr. Frederick Humphries, returned to "The Hill" today to help celebrate the university's 125th anniversary.
Dr. Humphries was the keynote speaker at this morning's Founders Day Convocation here at the Lawson Center. Hundreds of students attended the Convocation, along with faculty, staff, and alumni.

FAMU was founded October 3, 1887. Today, Dr. Frederick Humphries gave the history of the university. He reminded the audience of achievements such as the business school becoming the best business school in the nation.He says FAMU's exceptionalism also includes the Marching 100 being the "baddest band in the land."

Humphries says it is this generation's responsibility to preserve the legacy of FAMU.

Former FAMU Presidents Fred Gainous and Dr. James Ammons were at the Founders Day program. We'll hear from Dr. Humphries later tonight.


Tallahassee, FL - WC TV Reporter Lanetra Bennett is at the Convocation and will spend the day on FAMU's campus as the school celebrates its 125th anniversary. Former FAMU President, Dr. James Ammons is at the FAMU Founder's Day Convocation.

Tune in to WC TV Eyewitness News at Noon for a live update on the FAMU festivities.


Tallahassee, FL - To celebrate its rich history, Florida A&M University (FAMU) has scheduled two days of special events in honor of its 125th anniversary on October 2 and 3.
FAMU was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students, and on October 3, 1887, it began classes with fifteen students and two instructors. Today, with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, FAMU is the premier school among historically black colleges and universities.

The 125th anniversary activities are as follows:
October 2
10:03 p.m.
Music on the Quad featuring a performance of "the WiZStory of Florida A&M University" and the 125 Voice Anniversary Choir
University Quadrangle

October 3 (Happy Anniversary FAMU)
12 a.m.
Midnight Explosion - Fireworks
Quadrangle

8:07 a.m.
Birthday Breakfast
Mezzanine Level of Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium
The general public is invited.

10:10 a.m.
Founders' Day Convocation
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, Regent Professor at the College of Law and Eighth President of FAMU
Legacy Torch returns to FAMU - Presented during Convocation
Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium

11:45 a.m.
Wreath Laying Ceremony
Old City Cemetery, Park Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, Tallahassee, Fla.

12:03 p.m.
Birthday Celebration - It's a Party!
Quadrangle
The special birthday activities include the following:
Music, Food and Fun
Presidential Monologues - History of FAMU
Serving of Cupcakes and Ice Cream
The Birthday Song
Flight of the Doves in honor of FAMU's Quasquicentennial
1-2-5 Rattler Strut (New stroll created in honor of the 125th Anniversary)

FAMU's 125th Anniversary gala is scheduled for November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. FAMU will honor 125 outstanding alumni. Tickets are $125 per person.
The general public is invited to all events. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.
About Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University (FAMU) was originally founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students that served the underrepresented and underprivileged. Today, FAMU boasts an extraordinarily diverse student body including citizens from across the State of Florida and the globe. Florida A&M University has served as a beacon of hope for thousands of talented young men and women seeking to improve their lives through the pursuit of a college education. FAMU is prominently located in Florida's capital city of Tallahassee. Florida A&M University remains the only historically black university in the eleven member State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

WC TV will be Live at Noon to bring you the festivities!


Tallahassee, FL - Frederick Humphries will Keynote FAMU's Founders Day Convocation in Celebration of the University 125 Anniversary.

Frederick S. Humphries, a renowned scholar, admired public servant and eighth president of Florida A&M University (FAMU), will keynote FAMU's Founders Day Convocation on Wednesday, October 3, at 10:10 a.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium. This year's Foundation Convocation marks FAMU's 125th anniversary. The general public is invited to attend.

During his nearly 17-year tenure at FAMU, where he created the Life Gets Better and Graduate School Feeder Programs (GSFB), he more than doubled enrollment while simultaneously raising academic standards. He increased the number of National Achievement Scholars at the school ranking first in the nation three times, out recruiting Harvard and Stanford, and made FAMU the nation's number one producer of African Americans with baccalaureate degrees and third in the nation as the baccalaureate institution of origin for African-American doctoral degree recipients. His crowning achievement came when FAMU was selected as the first ever TIME Magazine/Princeton Review "College of the Year" in 1997.

Humphries is respected throughout the United States and internationally for his keen insights on the education of minority students, particularly in math and science, and his unique and visionary approaches to producing successful educational outcomes in underrepresented disciplines.

He has served as chairman and Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges; member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Pittsburgh and member of former President Bill Clinton's White House Advisory Committee on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Corporate America has also sought his expertise as a member of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Brinker International; Barnett Bank (Bank of America), Florida; the National Merit Corporation; the Princeton Review, Academy for Educational Development (AED) and as founder and board member for the Thurgood Marshall Fund.

Humphries has received numerous awards. Below is a list of those awards.
Featured by General Motors for the Life Gets Better program in a print advertising campaign titled "And Life Gets Better"
Thurgood Marshall Award for Higher Education (Sponsored by the Johnson Publishing Company)
Drum Major for Justice Award for Higher Education (Sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - SCLC)
Floridian of the Year (Sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel)
Featured by Wal-Mart in a television commercial for achievements to higher education during Black History Month
The Trumpet Award for Education (Sponsored Time Warner - Turner Broadcasting Systems)
Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to African Americans in engineering (National Association of Black Engineers)
On the 200th Anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh, Humphries was awarded the Bicentennial Medal of Honor, this is the highest award granted by the University of Pittsburgh
On the 200th Anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh granting its Ph.D. in the arts and sciences, the University granted Humphries the Centennial Medallion of Honor, which is bestowed upon their most distinguished alumni. Only five people have ever received this award from the University.
On the 100th Anniversary of FAMU, Humphries was awarded the Centennial Medallion for outstanding achievement. Only 100 people have received this award.
Humphries has a B.S. degree in chemistry from FAMU (magna cum laude) and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the first African American to obtain a Ph.D. in this discipline.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.


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