Southern University celebrates 137th Founders' Day

Southern University celebrates 137th Founders' Day (Source: WAFB)
Southern University celebrates 137th Founders' Day (Source: WAFB)
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome speaks at Southern University's 137th Founders' Day (Source: WAFB)
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome speaks at Southern University's 137th Founders' Day (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The FG Clark Activity Center was filled with current and former Southern University students Thursday, as the school celebrated its 137th Founders' Day.

The school choir and concert band filled the center with music as alumni talked about how much Southern University helped them. The institution was founded in 1880 and is now one of the largest Historically Black Universities in the country.

"I'm a part of a great institution that teaches me great things, and it's just an honor to be a part of a great event," said Alexis Doss, a senior at Southern University that plans to attend law school. "To know about my founders and what the buildings on campus actually mean."

"Every year is significant for us as we celebrate Founders' Day," said Robyn Merrick, who works in the Office of the Chancellor. "So this year 137, this is just a chance to look back further over the years of our accomplishments. And as the mayor-president said in her speech today, she talked about us being the hopes and dreams of our founders and now we're getting a chance to look back on the fulfillment of that."

Alumni that attended the ceremony included state representative Ted James, and Baker Mayor Darnell Waites. Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome also spoke.

She did not attend Southern University, but she was named an honorary alumna at the ceremony.

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