West Virginia State University Founders Day Celebration

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University will host a special Founders Day celebration Wednesday, March 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson University Union lobby near the dining hall.

President Anthony L. Jenkins will speak at 12:45 p.m. on our University’s rich heritage and profound contributions to the state and nation.

Cupcakes will be served on a first come basis following President Jenkins' remarks.

Yellow Jacket mascot Stinger will also be on hand for photos.

On March 17, 1891, the state Legislature passed a bill creating the West Virginia Colored Institute to be located in the Kanawha Valley. The University now recognizes March 17 each year as the official “Founders Day” of West Virginia State University.

In 1915, the West Virginia Collegiate Institute began offering college degrees, academic programs were expanded and new buildings were constructed. In 1927, the Institute received accreditation from the North Central Association and in 1929 it became West Virginia State College.

The first graduate degree programs were established in fall 2003 and, with the passage of Senate Bill 448 during the 2004 legislative session, the Institution became West Virginia State University.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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