- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State University is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/22r91S2) university officials, students and alumni honored the historically black college’s founding during a ceremony Thursday.

WVSU President Brian Hemphill said during a speech that the college’s century of serving the Kanawha Valley has changed lives.

Over the years, the university, which was established in 1891, has changed, from a small school for blacks to a full-fledged institution of higher education.

The Founder’s Day ceremony included speeches from local and statewide lawmakers, and featured the release of a short documentary highlighting the university’s history and its impact on West Virginia and the nation.

The university also hosted a concert with the Charleston Chamber Orchestra.

WVSU will continue celebrating its founding throughout the year, until homecoming in October.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.


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