Rattlers gather for FAMU’s 125th birthday
By Alicia Jarman, News 20 at Five
Oct. 3, 1887, the State Normal College for Colored Students was founded. Now, The university known as Florida A&M celebrates 125 years. Rattlers young and old say they are excited to be a part of the legacy.
“Everything was just wonderful,” said Dr. Jacqueline Beck, president of the FAMU Retiree Club. “And we’re so happy to be here.”
There was a breakfast before the Founder’s Day Convocation, and there was also a wreath-laying ceremony at the Old City Cemetery. Students and faculty enjoyed live music, and there was also food and FAMU T-shirts being sold. Some students and faculty even choreographed a special dance to honor the anniversary.
“I’m really excited about it,” said one FAMU student. “I’m really glad that I’m able to be a part of it, to come to school here and be able to say that I was a part of the 125th birthday celebration.”
FAMU started classes with only 15 students and two instructors. FAMU is now one of the largest historically black colleges and universities with an enrollment of over 12,000 students.