Southern University celebrating Founders’ Day _lowres

Joseph S. Clark photo (1st President of Southern University) please credit: The Archives and Manuscripts Department/John B. Cade Library/Southern University and A&M College

Southern University will celebrate its 135th Founders’ Day on Monday with a day of activities on the Baton Rouge campus.

The events will be highlighted by a convocation presentation by attorney Preston Castille, president of Southern’s National Alumni Association. Castille, an SU graduate, is a partner in the Taylor Porter law firm. The university also will rename a building in honor of longtime SU alumni director, the late Donald C. Wade. Monday’s activities mark the university’s creation in 1880 in New Orleans. The school moved to Baton Rouge in 1914. Joseph S. Clark was the first president of the university.

The March 9 activities include: 8 a.m., SU Laboratory School pilgrimage to the Clark gravesite at the riverfront; 9:30 a.m., a community prayer brunch and Founder’s Day Convocation at the F.G. Clark Activity Center; noon, a birthday party in front of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union; 3 p.m., Donald C. Wade Building dedication, reception and tour at the Old President’s House on G. Leon Netterville Drive; 7 p.m., service awards recognition dinner and dance. Other events during the week include historical exhibits on the first floor of the John B. Cade Library and a film presentation by the SU Agriculture and Research Center.