FAMU to Honor Founders on Anniversary Monday

Florida A&M will conduct a “Wreath Laying” ceremony on Monday, in honor of Founder’s Day.

The university is celebrating its 125th anniversary of its establishment. Thomas V. Gibbs and Thomas D. Tucker founded the State Normal College for Colored Students, and on October 3, 1887.

FAMU has had a total of 10 presidents and four interim and acting presidents. According to the school’s web site, FAMU accredits its successes to its 10 outstanding presidents who have helped shape the university into what it is today.

“The wreath laying ceremony is to pay tribute and homage to the founders of Florida A&M,” said Sharon Saunders chief communication officer at FAMU.”

The university decided to join Founder’s day convocation and Homecoming to avoid having two convocations in one week. This will take place Friday, Oct. 7 at 10:10 a.m. in Gaither Gymnasium.

The ceremony is expecting a crowd of 100. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend the ceremony, to honor the founders of FAMU.

There will not be a keynote speaker however, President James H. Ammons, Tommy Mitchell, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association, Inc and several members of student government association will be in attendance.

The ceremony will commence on Monday, at 10:10 a.m. at the Eternal Flame. Some seating will be available.