November 13, 2015 – Fort Valley State University officially celebrated its 120th Anniversary in style on Nov. 5 with a cake-cutting celebration held in the Lottie B. Lyons Student Center. Event organizers provided 120 peach crumb cupcakes with topped with sugar icing and goat milk ice cream treats for guests at the event.
“It is wet, a little chilly and a great day to be a Wildcat,” said Pamela Berry-Johnson, director of Marketing. “I would invite you to give yourself a round of applause for being a part of an outstanding institution. You are a part of history by being here today.”
The university celebrated its anniversary officially on Nov. 6, when the Houston County Superior Court officially approved the school’s charter. The cake-cutting celebration was held a day early to coincide with Founders Day activities.
Dr. Jessica Bailey, interim president of FVSU, said the cake cutting celebration was the third part of the Founders Day festivities. Earlier in the morning, the Office of Campus Life sponsored a free breakfast for FVSU students. Mid morning, he campus honored the legacy of the founders at the Founders Day Observance featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Marcy Hunt-Harris, the great-great granddaughter of the Fort Valley High and Industrial School second principal Henry A. Hunt.
“We are celebrating our 120th anniversary,” Bailey said. “I want to welcome all of you, and the recognition of this being the birthday of FVSU. We have birthday cake and that’s what our cake-cutting celebration is all about. This occasion is something we have been planning for a long time. It’s really important for the community. We face challenges every day, but those challenges pale in comparison to those that the 18 men faced to establish this school. When you think about their courage and determination, it is an inspiration to us.”
After Bailey delivered her welcome message, students gave oratorical performances from speeches from the university’s first president Horace Mann Bond and its fourth president Cleveland Pettigrew.
The ceremony ended with FVSU administrators, great-great granddaughter of second principal of Fort Valley High and Industrial School Dr. Marcy Hunt Harris, and interim president Bailey slicing into a sheet cake that read “Congratulations for 120 Years of Excellence.” After the cake cutting, the deejay cued up Earth, Wind and Fire’s Celebrate, and Berry-Johnson asked for the Lyons crowd to party to celebrate the university’s anniversary.
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Christina D. Milton
Marketing and Communications
(478) 825-6319, email@example.com