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ASU to Celebrate 118th Founders’ Week

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Release Date: Jan 10, 2018

Read and Rise, a Community College Tour and the annual Founders’ Day Convocation are part of the upcoming celebration of Alabama State University’s 118th Founders’ Week.

Alabama State University will celebrate its annual Founders' Week Feb. 6 - 9, 2018. The celebration will include a Read and Rise citywide reading initiative; the Marion 9 Community College Tour, which takes Hornet Nation on the road to visit community colleges across the state of Alabama; a Celebration of Service, which pays tribute to ASU’s presidents and icons; and the 118th Founders’ Day Convocation.

The annual Founders’ Day Convocation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Thomas W. Dortch, Chairman of the Board of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., will be the featured speaker.

Recipients of the Spirit of Marion and Spirit of Tullibody Awards also will be recognized during the event. These two awards honor the memories of William Burns Paterson, one of ASU's longest-serving presidents, and the group known as the Marion Nine, who co-founded a pioneer educational institution that evolved into what is now Alabama State University.

The convocation will be broadcast live on Facebook at Hornet Nation LIVE!
The complete schedule for Founders’ Week is as follows:

Tuesday, February 6
Read and Rise
| This annual event allows ASU to share the love of reading with students at elementary schools in the Montgomery area. For more information,  call 334-229-4270 or visit to register to volunteer.

Wednesday, February 7
Marion 9 Community College Tour
| ASU’s Office of Admissions honors the Marion 9 with visits to community colleges across the state of Alabama. For more information, call 334-229-4843.

Thursday, February 8
Celebration of Service
| ASU pays tribute to the University’s presidents and icons.
11 a.m. | Ralph David Abernathy Auditorium

Friday, February 9
Founders’ Day Convocation
| Featuring speaker Thomas W. Dortch, Chairman of the Board of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and the presentation of the 2018 Spirit Awards recognizing notable alumni. Campus processional begins at 9:15 a.m. Convocation begins at 10 a.m. | Dunn-Oliver Acadome

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