The sounds of laughter and joyful spirits filled Florida A&M University’s Jake Gaither Gymnasium Friday, Oct.3 at the Community Celebration.
Students, faculty, guest professors and others were all in attendance to help celebrate with the eleventh president, Elmira Mangum. It was also FAMU’s founder’s day, which added to people’s joyful energy.
The celebration took place after FAMU’s eleventh President Installation Ceremony.
Guest received chocolate covered Oreo’s decorated with FAMU’s seal and a pin as they entered the gym. Food was catered by Metz Culinary Management, FAMU’s partnered dining service, and cake was given as well.
Mr. FAMU, Andre Bridges, said the event was very special because it was a celebration for two major occasions for FAMU.
“Not to mention it being our 127 year celebration, it’s also a prominent day because our 11th president, our first female president, has been installed today as the president,” said Bridges.
Amber Scott, a senior nursing student from Albany, GA, said she was happy to see a number of students that were present at the ceremony and celebration event. She said it shows faculty and the visiting guest/professors that we care about our university and new president.
Gregory Hall, a newly elected freshman senator, said the event was a great opportunity for students to interact with each other and the professionals that were there.
“This event is very nice because it’s a lot of ‘bigwigs’ around FAMU,” said Hall. “It’s nice to be able to interact with them as students because I know it’s not like that at every university.”
As the celebration got started, President Mangum entered and spoke at the podium. Guest was delighted to hear her speak.
Numerous of people continued to enter the gym as the celebration went on.
Candiace Williams, a senior social work student from Tallahassee, FL, said she hopes President
Mangum grasps from the celebration that everyone is excited to have her here as a president at the university.
Students can follow-up with the other FAMU Inauguration 2014 events by going on FAMU’s website.