By: Lanetra Bennett
October 3, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Thursday was a big day to celebrate on FAMU's campus.
It was FAMU's 126th birthday.
126 students passed out orange and green cupcakes to students, faculty, and staff on campus.
FAMU student Dominique James says, "To celebrate this university, our legacy, our history. For us to be here for 126 years, every HBCU can't say that; every PWI can't say that. Our school is built on tradition, built on history; and we're going to celebrate all of those things."
FAMU was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students. On October. 3, 1887, it began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, FAM-U, as it has become affectionately known, is the premier school among historically black colleges and universities.
Press Release: FAMU
WHAT: FAMU 126th Birthday Celebration
There will be 126 FAMU students passing out cupcakes on the quadrangle to commemorate the day.
WHO: Office of Student Activities
Student National Alumni Association
FAMU Student Body
WHEN: October 3, 2013
WHERE: FAMU Quadrangle
WHY: FAMU was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students. On Oct. 3, 1887, it began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, FAMU, as it has become affectionately known, is the premier school among historically black colleges and universities.
In 1997, the institution was selected by Time Magazine and the Princeton Review as the "College of the Year" when it beat out most Ivy League Institutions in the recruitment of National Merit finalists. In 2000, FAMU tied Harvard in its recruitment of National Merit Scholars, bringing the nation's brightest and most promising students to its campus.
The university was also recognized as the No. 1 institution for African Americans in 2006 by Black Enterprise Magazine. FAMU has been named a 'Best in the Southeast' College by The Princeton Review for 2014, appeared on the Forbes list of 'Top Colleges' in the U.S. for 2013, and recognized by The College Database for providing high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at (850) 599-3400.