Southern University to celebrate 139 of existence

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If you are a member of the Jaguar Nation then this is an event that you must attend. 

Southern University Baton Rouge is preparing to to celebrate 139 years of existence. This year’s theme is “Fulfilling the Promise.”

The Founders’ Day convocation and traditional events take place on Tuesday, March 19. The day will begin with the annual Southern University Laboratory School pilgrimage to the Clarks’ gravesite at 8:30 a.m. Following, at 9:30 a.m., the campus and community will gather for the Founders’ Day convocation in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The keynote speaker will be Domoine D. Rutledge, Southern University System board chairman.

The day’s events will conclude at noon with a student celebration in the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.

Founded in 1880 in New Orleans and relocated to Baton Rouge in 1914, the university has grown to be only Historically Black Colleges and Universities system in the nation with five campuses — Southern University Baton Rouge, Southern University New Orleans, Southern University Shreveport, Southern University Law Center and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. 

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