BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands of Southern Jaguar fans gathered on the Bluff Saturday for the schools centennial celebration.
The day started with a parade along Scenic highway as fans screamed and cheered and tossed beads. People then made their way to campus to get ready for the game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Grill masters were busy, cooking pound after pound of chicken, lamb, sausage, ribs, and beef. Patricia Grover said the atmosphere around the Bluff wouldn't be the same without the Jaguar family.
Interestingly, she did not go to Southern, but her daughter did. She said it's important for the graduates and their families to remember their connection to the university.
"That's our plan for Southern; to continue to exist for a hundred years plus because this university has served the community," said Grover. "So we want to keep them healthy and also educated."
State Representative Ted James said the university has already started working on making sure the next hundred years will even be better.
"It's a hundred years of excellence and a hundred years of prominence," said James. "It speaks not only to the history of this university but it also speaks to the bright future that we have. In 90 days we were able to raise $1.2 million in students scholarships which will not only allow for a bright future but continue to push the legacy here at Southern," James added.